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Radiation detected in food, water as efforts to limit damage continue

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FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — As workers struggle to contain the damage at a Japanese nuclear plant, there's word that radiation is turning up in food and water.

And the operators of the stricken plant say six workers have been exposed to radiation that's higher than the normal limits for those involved in emergency operations.

Japan's government says radiation levels in spinach and milk from farms near the facility were found to exceed safety limits, and higher-than-recommended amounts of radioactive iodine showed up in drinking water near the plant.

A Health Ministry statement says iodine levels slightly above the limit were detected in tap water Thursday, but the next day levels were about half that, and today they had fallen further. Minuscule amounts of radioactive iodine also were found in tap water in Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

Meanwhile, efforts continue to cool overheated nuclear fuel rods. Firefighters have been pumping tons of ocean water into a cooling pool for used fuel rods. Water is also being funneled into the three most troubled reactors.

Plant operators say some of the six reactors are being reconnected to a power grid, but it's still not clear whether their cooling systems will work.

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