Japan gov’t “alarmed” by high levels of radioactive cesium detected outside of Tokyo in tea leaves picked May 15

Published: May 17th, 2011 at 10:08 am ET
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Radioactive substance detected in green tea leaves in Ibaraki towns, Mainichi, May 17, 2011:

[...] The government said radioactive cesium of 894 becquerels per kilogram was detected in green tea leaves picked May 15 in Sakai and that of 570 becquerels per kilogram in Daigo in green tea leaves picked May 14, compared with the official interim limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram. [...]

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, alarmed by the high levels of the radioactive substance in tea leaves, ordered Tokyo and 13 prefectures in northeastern and eastern Japan to check steam dried green tea known as “Aracha.”

Sakai is less than 30 miles from Tokyo.

Published: May 17th, 2011 at 10:08 am ET
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