Note from Doug: The other day I had lunch with a friend and we both ordered the drink bar. He said, “I’ll have some green tea, as long as it’s not from Shizuoka.” Unfortunately, when I went to the drink bark the green tea was, in fact, labeled in big letters, “Shizuoka Green Tea.” He went for Earl Grey instead. The entire costs of the nuclear disaster run like an economic tsunami throughout the country and affect untold hundreds of thousands of people. We really need to phase out nuclear fission plants. They are artifices created by governments and in a true free market they would be a completely uninsurable technology.
French find cesium in Shizuoka tea
PARIS — The French government has decided to dispose of a shipment of green tea from Shizuoka Prefecture after detecting radioactive cesium above the European Union limit at Charles de Gaulle airport, an official said Friday.
The tea is the first food item imported from Japan to exceed the EU radiation limit of 500 becquerels per kg since March 11, when the nuclear crisis erupted at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.
France detected radiation of 1,038 becquerels per kg in the 162 kg shipment of green tea, they said.
On June 11, it was reported that the Shizuoka Prefectural Government told a Tokyo-based mail order company not to post on its website that excessive radioactive material was being found in tea from the prefecture.
The retailer, Radishbo-ya Co., said a prefectural official told it not to disclose the finding to customers because it might cause “unwarranted harm” to Shizuoka tea growers, the report said.