Japan's Fisheries Ministry has found high levels of radioactive iodine and cesium in fish caught near the troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.
One kilogram of young launce caught near the town of Kitaibaraki on the Ibaraki Prefecture on Monday contained 526 bequerels of radioactive cesium, 500 bequerels more than the legal limit, and 1,700 bequerels of iodine.
The Ibaraki authorities urged people to stop eating fish, while fisheries minister Michihiko Kano said the government would toughen inspections of marine products caught in the area.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company has been struggling to contain the flow of highly contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean. It said that 7.5 million times the legal limit of radioactive iodine has been detected in samples of seawater near the plant.
MOSCOW, April 5 (RIA Novosti)