Radioactive tea voluntarily surrendered to Hong Kong authorities — 196 Bq/kg of cesium, almost double Japan’s limit

Published: August 2nd, 2012 at 11:30 am ET


Nuclear Event Daily Update
Hong Kong
August 2, 2012

Tea bag

  • Sampled on June 8, 2012
  • Cs134= 76 Bq/kg
  • Cs137 = 120 Bq/kg
  • Total Cesium = 196 Bq/kg
  • Not exceeding Codex guideline levels
  • Voluntary surrendered by importer for disposal. Not distributed for sale in local market.

Perhaps Hong Kong maintains similar laws to what Japan had before 3/11:

Previously, Japanese regulations required nuclear waste with 100 or more bq/kg of Cesium to be monitored and disposed of in specialized containers.

Oatmeal was also found to be radioactive in recent testing by Hong Kong authorities:

  • Sampled on August 1, 2012
  • Cs134= N/D Bq/kg
  • Cs137 = 7 Bq/kg
  • Not exceeding Codex guideline levels

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Published: August 2nd, 2012 at 11:30 am ET


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14 comments to Radioactive tea voluntarily surrendered to Hong Kong authorities — 196 Bq/kg of cesium, almost double Japan’s limit


    [article extract] "CFS (Hong Kong – Center for Food Safety) did not order a recall of the product because the dietary exposure shows the internal dose of Cs-137 even at high consumption, figured at 90 grams per day, would not be enough to result in adverse health effects."

    Why then, was the product 'voluntarily' pulled? Is a product pulled only-when it's discovered to be contaminated?

    [article extract] "Hong Kong, one of two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China (the other being Macau), has been conducting daily tests for radioactivity of food from Japan since March 12, 2011."

    Curious as to what's being done to test food and food-ingredients coming into other nations; from that entire region, as well as Japan, itself…

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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    OT: Those damn nuns! I knew they were nothing but trouble:

    Really! The nerve of these people stopping nuke plant operations!

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  • mungo mungo

    i am glad hongkong are testing, my youngest is going there next week :-)

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  • kintaman kintaman

    As I have been saying to folks since day 1….do NOT eat ANYTHING from Japan again. It is a done deal if you care about your long term health. It is simply not worth the gamble IMO.

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  • vital1 vital1

    Radioactive isotopes found in Brazil nuts purchased at the local supermarket. See test chart.

    The chart shows radioactive lead isotopes are present. The second green peak marker in the chart is at 241 keV and other peaks at 295, 351, are the markers for radioactive lead. Then the other largest peak is for Bismuth 214 at 609 etc. The large blue coloured peak is the secondary X-rays, a product of a test chamber not being lined with copper and the smaller blue coloured peak is Potassium K40 found in all living things. These results suggest this contamination is not from Fukushima because of the presents of Bismuth 214.

    Information on Brazil nuts.,

    1. Brazil nut trees produce fruit almost exclusively in pristine forests.

    2. The fruit takes 14 months to mature after pollination of the flowers.

    3. Around 20,000 tons of Brazil nuts are harvested each year, of which Bolivia accounts for about 50%, Brazil 40% and Peru 10% (2000 estimates).

    Now we have a lot of questions.

    Where have these lead Isotopes come from?

    Soil contamination from the forest during harvesting?

    Uranium dust contamination South America?

    Uranium dust after import into Australia?

    Washed them and ran the test again, same result, so this rules the out uranium dust and soil contamination.

    Bi-accumulation from root up take? This appears to be the most likely possibility.

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  • sadtexan

    Ugh. I know this is just an early-stage FWP, but I hate having to pass up so many foodstuffs at the Asian markets. Got about half a bag of pre-311 wakame left, some kelp from Korea, bonito flakes that are probably post-311, and I still buy natto b/c I haven't gotten around to making my own yet. Then there's the cherries (from PNW) which just make me sad to pass up.

    I am still of childbearing age, and thankfully have a definite streak of longevity in the genes (most family members last three gens have lived far beyond what their level of health would indicate). Do I protect these genes some more just in case I end up with child, or give up on bringing new people into such a fucked-up world?


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    • razzz razzz

      Tough call. And I would blame you on a decision either way. Your decision to make.

      There are pure mud preparations to soak your food in before cooking or eating. Mud (calcium) has a tendency to draw out radioactive minerals, also blocks the body from up taking radioactive minerals.

      Not to much information out there on it but some.

      If you don't want to take a chance on your own offspring, there are homeless kids and babies in the world that you could call your own.

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  • razzz razzz

    Sorry about that, "I wouldn't blame you on a decision either way."

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