The other day I learned two cases about radiation-contained tea found at France and Tokyo. Both cases happened in Jun 2011. I’m sorry that I did not know about them when I wrote the previous entry about “Tea and radiation in Japan”.
Case in France
The tea was found in an inspection at Charles de Gaulle Airport in France. The tea was imported from Shizuoka Japan and it contained 1038bq of radiation. They were discarded.
Source: J-cast News (Japanese) http://www.j-cast.com/2011/06/19098848.html
Case in Tokyo
A mail order company, Radish-boya in Tokyo found the tea with radiation on their self-imposed test. The tea was from Sizuoka and 521-569bq radioactive cesium. Shizuoka prefecture has requested the manufacturer to recall it and stop further distribution.
Source: J-cast News (Japanese) http://www.j-cast.com/2011/06/10098144.html?p=all
The Japanese safety limit for tea is 500bq/kg of radiation. The tea on both cases was over the limit and they were both from Shizuoka prefecture. I looked for the cause and measures in response to these incidences, but I could not find any additional information about them. I also searched on the internet if there are any other cases, but I could not find any. So, I believe these are not frequently happening cases but I thought that you should know that there were defects on the inspection. If I find more information about the radiation on tea, I’ll introduce them on my blog.
My past entries about the radiation and tea
Edited on Nov 4New entry about tea and radiation