by Christopher Freeburn | July 18, 2013 11:07 am
Fears that radiation from a damaged Japanese nuclear reactor may have contaminated a large area have been stoked by photos of strangely shaped-produce in Asia.
The images, which don’t specify where the fruits and vegetables were grown, were posted on a South Korean website. They show tomatoes, peaches, oranges, mushrooms and other foods that exhibit strange growths, odd shapes and weird colors, the U.K.’s Daily Mail notes.
During the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the Fukushima power plant’s cooling systems failed and three of its reactors ultimately suffered meltdowns. It became the worst nuclear accident since the meltdown of the Soviet Union’s Chernobyl power plant in 1986.
A captured near the Fukushima facility this year showed radiation levels 2,500 times higher than those permitted by food safety regulations.
While the images feed concerns over the safety of foods grown in the area near the Fukushima plant, there is no confirmation that the produce shown was actually raised near the facility, or that the images were not faked.
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