Green tea with over 1,000 Bq/kg of cesium found in Paris

Published: June 17th, 2011 at 7:23 pm ET


Radioactive tea from Japan detained in France, Voice of Russia, June 18, 2011:

A consignment of radioactive tea from Japan was detained by customs officials in France. The cesium content exceeded the permitted norm twofold. Reportedly, the tea was en route from Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan.

Japanese green tea radioactive intercepted at the airport of Roissy, AFP, June 17, 2011:

Google Translation

A lot of green tea from Japan, containing twice as much cesium as the maximum permissible level, was intercepted at the airport of Roissy in Paris, and must be destroyed, said Friday that the direction of consumption (DGCCRF) in a statement.

This is a lot of 162 kg of dried leaves from the Shizuoka Prefecture (center). This is the first time that radioactive products are detected in France as part of the controls put in place following the accident in Fukushima.

Laboratory testing revealed contamination by cesium 1,038 Bq / kg, exceeding the maximum permissible level set at European level, which is 500 Bq / kg for this type of product, says the DGCCRF.

The product has been quarantined and will be subject to destruction by a specialist.

DGCCRF decided to “establish a systematic monitoring of all plants from the same Japanese prefecture” and “will enter the European Commission to add the prefecture of Shizuoka prefecture to the list for which EU rules impose a control systematically from Japan.”

h/t Niigata

Published: June 17th, 2011 at 7:23 pm ET


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38 comments to Green tea with over 1,000 Bq/kg of cesium found in Paris

  • Newton

    It would be nice if a this story was about how the FDA found radioactive tea in San Francisco. It would at least show they were doing something worthwhile.

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      With an 8 day cesium half-life, what’s to keep the Japanese exporters from storing the tea for 5 or 10 half-lives over several months before shipping?

      Then the FDA cabal could approve the tea with its new label, “Radio-Aged”.

      • Ahh… jump-ball you may have had a mental slip as cesium-137 has a 30 YEAR half-life, lasting more than 100 years until it is less than 1% strength.

        However, the article does not mention whether it is cesium-137 (half-life 30 years) or cesium-134 (half-life 2 years) or a combination of both. Another good question is: did they even test iodine-131 levels, with the 8 day half-life? If so, what were those levels?

        All of us in the path of the fallout are most definitely getting “radio-aged” by the whole experience.

    • FDA = Federal Death Administration

      The FDA is not about to do anything worthwhile for “we the people” given that their real mission has always been to destroy the health of the people. This entity approved aspartame now 30 years ago, which is well known to be one of the most toxic synthetic food-additives ever put in the food supply. It is in about 9,000 products these days. It causes cancers, brain diseases (eg. alzheimers), organ failures and more!

      Approving aspartame is only one of the mass-murderous acts by the FDA. Allowing radioactive contamination of the food supply is another one. Until they decide to let everyone know the food is radioactive, that is, by which time the totalitarian control of the food supply in the USA will already be the law. From an article on May 5th:

      “A few hours ago, the [FDA] declared it no longer needs credible evidence to seize food that may be contaminated. Ignoring the Fourth Amendment entirely, the FDA claims that based on mere suspicion that a food product has been contaminated or mislabeled, and that serious illness or death will result, it can hold the food for 30 days while it then looks for evidence. It claims this power under the Food Safety Modernization Act, which President Monsanto, I mean, Obama, signed in January.”

      This is “pre-crime” – presuming that a crime may have occurred even WITHOUT any evidence. George Orwell predicted all this in his writings. And from July 3rd in the USA it is the reality relative to food.

      Watch out for “sudden” discoveries of “highly radioactive” food any time after July 3rd and then FDA raids based on “suspicion” of radiation alone. Fresh and healthful food (including anything organic and/or naturally grown) will be likely targets, just as the same has been a target of the recent fake “scare” in Germany relative to the e.coli that was never even in the sprouts.

      • > To say “fake” scare in the last paragraph above is not the full truth, given that this lethal bacteria actually did really kill a number of people. Not intending to upset anyone. Loss of lives is always tragic.

        The “fake” aspect of the comment is simply referring to the fact that the e.coli was immediately presumed to be in fresh food (sprouts) given that fresh food is the real target of the “scare”.

  • irradiated californian

    japan tea should be what is in the title, the way this is titled can confuse people that the tea is grown in paris or something.

  • westcoast

    They will probably forward it all to us in Canada. Our government apparently gave blanket clearance to all food imports from Japan. No other government has been brave enough, or stupid enough, to do this.

    Canada has followed the lead of the EPA and suspended monitoring on the west coast.

    • Anthony Anthony

      I agree westcoast. Canada has been a most disappointing player in this world event.

      • lokay5 lokay5

        Canada? “Diappointing” in a nuclear crisis that’s threatening to end nuclear power?? Gee. I wonder why?

        Maybe it’s because Canada is one of the largest uranium producing countries on the planet?


        • Good point/reminder.

          Amazing the level of contempt that so-called liberal democratic governments show for their own people.

          Do you see Fukushima on this page?:

          Health Canada – Advisories, Warnings

          • westcoast

            This is what the Federal Government told me over a month ago:
            “Good day,

            Thank you for contacting Health Canada.

            The damaged nuclear power reactors in Japan are not expected to pose a health risk to residents of British Columbia or the rest of Canada. Given the thousands of kilometers between Japan and Canada’s west coast, any radioactive material that might be pushed eastward via wind patterns is expected to be dispersed and diluted as it travels, thus making the amount of radiation that reaches Canada negligible.

            Health Canada conducts regular radiation surveillance and monitoring activities across Canada. The radiation measurements received from our monitors across the country since the incident began show that the radiation levels in Canada remain very low and do not pose a health risk to Canadians. Health Canada continues to monitor the situation and is working closely with local and international partners to ensure the health and safety of Canadians.

            For additional information you can visit:


            Health Canada | Santé Canada
            Ottawa, Canada K1A 0K9

            From what Arnie Gundersen and Berkley are saying, our government is way off the curve.

    • EPA = Environmental Pollution Agency

      Re-posting a link I also put in a comment on ENENEWS yesterday:

      Even while levels go up, the EPA (and similar in Canada) say they go down. The lies cannot be more blatant, though it seems that masses of sheeple still sleep through it all.

      The “panic” factor will no doubt be as controlled by the global rulers as is possible. Until the powerful few decide to let the real news out (based on THEIR schedule and with THEIR benefit being their only purpose) the people are left to irradiate themselves without a care.

  • I posted some videos yesterday about on 2 of them where the Japan Gov. said a “volantary hold” on tea leaves that were over 500 bq per klg.

    • If what arived there was “cesium 1,038 Bq / kg”,
      They wouldn’t be halfing the numbers game like all else they been reporting would they ??

  • M Curie M Curie

    Ever thought about asking the produce guys at your local market if they are checking for radiation?

    Might raise some eyebrows and get back to the managers.

    Gotta start somewhere.

    • Won’t be long after they will have signs posted,
      “No Radiation Detection Devises in store !”

      • People won’t buy there.

        There will soon be radiation detectors in all the stores.

        • jump-ball jump-ball

          We used to avoid buying ‘dead enzyme’ products from the inside aisles in the grocery, instead going to the fresh CA vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy and juice around the store’s perimeter.

          Now we are avoiding the perimeter, and considering buying metabolic enzyme capsules.

          Waiting for the “Indoor Grown” labels to appear, and then be banned.

          • Like the tomatoes that have NO TASTE ?
            SO SAD !

            : (

          • Just thought I’d let you know that I am now the self-appointed founder of The Tomato Party of Canada.

            Any Canadians want to join, let me know.

            We can elect a President later (I’m just the founder).

            I actually had this idea about 10 years ago as a form of protest against tasteless tomatoes. That being an indicator of the level of depravity to which humankind has sunk.

            We now resort to producing “look-alike” tomatoes and other vegetables that are really tasteless and devoid of any real nutrition.

            Me, I also grow lots of tomatoes and I try to get heritage seeds (not Franken-seeds, a la Monsanto) wherever I can. I even have weired varieties like Purple Cherokee, Black Prince and Carbon Noir.


  • Steven Steven

    I wonder if the French added Chernobyl radiated milk to this Fukushima tea, would they get a self sustaining hot cuppa?

    • SteveMT

      Better still: Fukushima and Chernobyl should develop a partnership trading alliance. In that way they would not need to scan or monitor anything traded between them.

  • tony wilson

    more pr bullshit..
    one 1 shipment out of thousands..
    no different from seizing a token batch of cocaine has 0 effect.

    the french have a weird view of radiation.
    during chernobyl they showed a map which had radiation missing the whole country.
    it just stopped at the french border.

    maybe the french radiation plumes blocked the pesky russian stuff entering.
    france is not to be trusted in this area..

  • maaa

    “A consignment of radioactive tea from Japan” The French government still allows stuff to be imported from Japan? Want to look radiant? Drink green tea now.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Why do they quarantine the stuff? Hop in a lorry and get it on AREVA’s doorstep, no wait, on their meeting table.
    Their first class MOX fuel comes back as first class green tea.
    I kind of like the idea.

  • xanteacher

    So much for the thorough screening the Japanese gov’t had promised to allay importers’ fears. . . Corrupt to the bone.

  • I think the story here is that the tea is from Shizuoka Prefecture.

    That’s 93 miles south-east of Tokyo.

    Tokyo is in big trouble.

  • fromtokyo

    now probably canada regrets having cancelled the import suspension just yesterday.

  • Highly Radioactive Tea Found 93 Miles South-East of Tokyo

    Just practising my headlines …

  • shockwave shockwave

    I wonder how they “destroy” radioactive isotopes. Shouldn’t france send the green tea back to Japan?

    No more Japanese products. A**hole govs!

    (Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation)

    (Have seen this story on other sites as well).

    Radiation data from Japanese disaster starts to filter out, but they need a mandate to do it. , page 1

    ATS Members have flagged this thread 12 times Topic started on 17-3-2011 @ 11:16 PM by SJE98
    Article link
    Radiation data from Japanese disaster starts to filter out

    “CTBTO could not release the data to the public because it lacked a mandate to do so”

    So It’s been admitted . The flow of information to the public is being withheld.

    “The CTBTO data comes from a worldwide network of radionuclide particulate monitoring stations operated by the Preparatory Commission of the CTBTO”—CTBTO

    That is like the most stupid statement I have ever read in my life by the CTBTO. I just have to ask myself who is behind the flow or lack of information . The CTBO knows the readings but they need a mandate? I think this is disastrous withholding information like this , almost a week.

    So there are some Germans over at ZAMG trying to get this information out. Here will find a map of the radiation cloud drift, but with no readings.–ZAMAG

    Here is the animation to the radio active spread. Map of radioactive spread

    The DAC Readings are most important of all. This is what the CTBTO ,I believe is withholding from the people. Yet ,I myself have not seen them. I guess that also needs a mandate.

    DAC ( Derived air concentration (DAC) The concentration of radioactive material in air that will result in an annual limit of intake if an individual breathes that air for a year.

    You cannot assess the area with just millisieverts per hour reading you need the DAC reading. So the Japanese Government is only getting out half the information if at all to the public. The people of Japan need to know why this information is being withheld; and so do we in the United States for people living on the west coast.