The ‘500 becquerels per kilogram safety government standard’ has NOTHING to do with safety. And if you have followed all my posts on the effects of low-level radiation and internal emitters & radiation, then you know exactly why.
– Tea From Shizuoka Exceeds Radioactive Standard After Quake (Bloomberg, Jun 9, 2011):
Tea from Japan’s Shizuoka prefecture had above-standard radioactive cesium levels three months after an earthquake led to radiation leaks at a nuclear plant about 360 kilometers (224 miles) from the area.
The dried leaves had 679 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, more than the 500 becquerels per kilogram safety government standard, according to a faxed statement from the local government today. The contamination was found in leaves from the prefecture’s Warashina area, while tea produced in all 18 other areas had safe levels, based on tests conducted by tea farmers, according to the statement.
Shizuoka Governor Heita Kawakatsu last month said tests on fresh tea leaves and drinks showed they contained cesium amounts below the government safety limit. The government on June 2 decided to curb shipments of dried tea leaves containing more than 500 becquerel per kilogram of radioactive cesium and ordered a halt in deliveries from the eastern prefectures of Ibaraki, Chiba, Kanagawa and Tochigi where tainted produce was detected.
Shizuoka, which accounts for about 40 percent of the nation’s tea output and lies southwest of Tokyo, asked the farmers that produced the contaminated leaves to recall those products and halt shipments.
Japan’s tea production, including fresh and dried leaves, was worth 102.1 billion yen ($1.3 billion) in 2009, according to the agriculture ministry.
– 静岡・本山茶の一部で基準超の放射性セシウム (Yomiuri Shimbun, June 09, 2011):
Radioactive cesium standard over part of Shizuoka tea Motoyama
Special Primary Hukushima
Shizuoka Prefecture on May 9, the first crop harvested as hay, Aoi-ku Shizuoka City School District, worked “Motoyama tea (Macha and the UK)” Provisional Regulations on the part of the country’s tea production (500 becquerels per gram 1 kg) announced that it has been detected more than 679 becquerels of radioactive cesium.
The cesium was found exceeding the limits for the first time in the province. Said County, to refrain from making tea manufacturing factory ship, the company purchased a mail order food from the tea plant (Tokyo) to recall, and each request. Tea factory inspections on all of the area, radioactivity.
County, a sample survey of 19 localities on the total tea production in the prefecture. As a result, “Kawane tea”, “Shizuoka tea Makinohara”, “Kakegawa tea,” tea “Motoyama” other famous localities, including minutes, both were below regulatory limits. On the other hand, conducted a survey from the independent food mail order company “beyond limits” on the declaration had two tea processing factories with the county were surveyed again, the limits to produce a tea factory minute Motoyama above.