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Oct. 9, 2008

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Oct. 9, 2008
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry officials have searched a Tokyo University-affiliated farm that used a banned agrichemical containing mercury on crops such as rice and fruit. 

According to the ministry, the farm in Nishi-Tokyo, Tokyo, used the pesticide to disinfect seed rice between 1997 and 1999, before selling the harvested rice to local residents. 

The sale of pesticides containing mercury was banned in 1973 and their use prohibited in a 2003 revision to the Agricultural Chemicals Regulation Law, the ministry said. 

The farm reportedly bought and stored the pesticide before the sales ban came into effect.  The ministry carried out the search Thursday afternoon under the law.

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