1,800+ bq/kg radioactive cesium detected in tea 160 km from Fukushima plant

Published: July 9th, 2011 at 12:40 pm ET


Radioactive cesium detected from Tochigi tea, NHK, July 08, 2011:

Radioactive cesium exceeding the government limit was detected in processed tea made in Tochigi City, about 160 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The Tochigi Prefectural Government says 1,810 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium was detected in tea processed from leaves harvested in the city in early July.

The level is more than 3 times the provisional government limit. […]

Published: July 9th, 2011 at 12:40 pm ET


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14 comments to 1,800+ bq/kg radioactive cesium detected in tea 160 km from Fukushima plant

  • Tokyo is about 180 km from Fukushima.

  • arclight arclight

    i like the way they headline “ceasium” but subtly refer to”radioactive substances” in the same article? PRPRPR SAID THE CAT TO THE MOUSE!! mmmm whatever do they mean….maybe lost in translation?
    “After the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, tea leaves and processed teas contaminated by radioactive substances have been found over wide areas near Tokyo. These include the prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa and the country’s largest tea production center, Shizuoka.”

  • TheWorldIsBlind

    so if you figure the tea was exposed to that much radiation would that not in turn mean that the people from that prefecture were exposed to just as much as well? would that not make sense??? JAPAN = LIES this is getting out of control and nobody is doing SH!T about it. πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ I hate this world I live in. Why????????!!!!!!

    • The people hopefully are indoors much of the time unlike gardens being exposed 24/7, but you are right, even so not as much time out in the elements, they are still being exposed and the most all the foods they grow will also be contaminated !

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  • Buffalojam

    Thanks for that info. PU239. I can’t help but think that soon, all of us, in a sense, will be 180 km from Fukushima.

  • Mark

    What they are not telling Japanese = what they aren’t telling us on west coast USA and Canada. 35 million in Tokyo they don’t want to dismantle that economic engine, Cali and Vancouver real estate most expensive in respective countries, banks don’t want people walking away from huge mortgages money now cancer later. Meanwhile would love someone like Alex Jones to do an expose on what Tepco executives are doing in their private lives probably buying off shore property waiting for their golden parachutes they will inevitably get as TEPCO drifts into bankruptcy and people of the world will be stuck with a huge mess. Nobody will get compensation from a bankrupt company, its their way out.

    • This will turn into a Global fix by Government’s capable and or $ at all the people footing the bills for the next 50 to 100 years if not longer !

  • Joviation

    I bought a watermelon that came with a code the other day. You can “See where I came from! http://www.melontrace.com” So I did, mine came from:
    “Rousseau Farming Company

    is located in the nutrient rich soils North West of Phoenix, Arizona. The Rousseau Family has been putting food on the tables of Arizona families since 1878 and is proud to provide fresh, healthy produce for your family today and tomorrow. Nearly a decade ago the Rousseau family joined with Timco Worldwide, to ensure their tastey summer watermelons can be found at your local supermarket. Please share your experiences with us at MelonUp.com”

    I wonder if that’s downwind of Los Alamos NM? (but maybe I don’t want to know.) Anyway, can’t assume it was picked after the fire started, can I?

    Just the same, this looks like a partially positive development in food distribution. I have been checking if apples come from Washington or somewhere else.

    • Joviation

      It was seedless, but the label noted: “may contain occasional seed” Indeed.

      • At this point, any apples you find at the store from Washington will be last year’s crop. I live in eastern Washington. I think the new (this years) crop won’t be in until around September or so, probably.

        One thing I’ve been considering is that the water used for irrigation in most places will be from last winter’s snow-pack, right? And most of the above-average snow pack this year came prior to 311. I’m doing my best to avoid known problems but being overly fearful isn’t a good thing either… having some information we can trust would be nice.