Saturday, June 11, 2011

Radioactivity found in green tea in Japan

Radioactive contamination from the accident in central Fukushima Japan is widening again as this Friday have been found more traces in the green tea-producing area of the country, the province of Shizuoka, local authorities said. In dry tea leaves in the area of Warashina, in Shizuoka, there were 679 'becquerels' of radiocaesium per kilo, when the maximum is 500.

The region is 370 kilometers southwest of Fukushima. Green tea from Japan is consumed throughout the world for their healthful properties. The Government banned the sale of this tea from the region near the provinces of Fukushima Ibaraki and Chiba and Kanagawa and Tochigi, after contamination was measured over 500 'Bq'.

Japan last year produced 83,000 tons of dried tea leaves, 40% of the total in Shizuoka. Due to the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, the central Fukushima still leaking radioactivity into the environment.

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