Early harvest rice from Fukushima Prefecture was put for sale Tuesday at two local outlets of the Japan Agricultural Co-operatives.
The rice, which has passed radiation tests, is packaged in hard paper bags with the brand name of Gohyakugawa.
“I have no health concerns because the rice’s safety has been checked,” said one shopper who bought the rice.
Grown in Nihonmatsu, the rice had a radioactive content below the 11 becquerels per kilogram level that was set as the safety threshold, JA officials said.
Fifty bags of rice were put on sale at JA’s Michinoku-Adachi in Nihonmatsu and 30 bags at JA’s outlet in Motomiya. Each two-kilogram bag was priced at 800 yen, the same as last year.
The bags come with a document certifying that the rice inside has been tested for radiation and was declared safe.