Japan Sets First Radiation Standard For Fish

TOKYO (AP) - For the first time, Japan is setting a standard for the amount of radiation allowed in fish.

The decision today comes after radiation more than 7.5 million times the legal limit for seawater was found just off a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says the government will apply the maximum allowable radiation limit for vegetables to fish. The move came after the health ministry reported that fish caught off a prefecture about halfway between the plant and Tokyo contained levels of radioactive iodine that exceeded the new legal limit.

Cesium was also found just below the limit. The fish were caught Friday.

The plant operator says the radiation measurement did not necessarily reflect a worsening of recent contamination.