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One Japanese tea bag sample detected with low levels of radioactivity

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (April 9) detected a tea bag sample, imported from Japan and collected at import level for radiation testing, with low levels of radioactivity.

The product concerned has not entered the local market.

Product details are as follows:
  • Product name: Yamakaen Japanese Green-Tea Tea Bag
    • Place of origin: Tokyo, Japan
    • Packing size: 5 grams x 80 sachets
    • Best before date: March 6, 2015

"The results of the radiation testing showed that Caesium-134 and Caesium-137 were detected at 11 Bq/kg and 26 Bq/kg respectively.

‘’The standard laid down by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in the guideline levels for radionuclides in foods contaminated following a nuclear or radiological emergency is 1,000 Bq/kg for Caesium-134 and Caesium-137," the spokesman said.

The standards adopted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan for caesium are 10 Bq/k for drinking water, 50 Bq/k for milk, 100 Bq/k for general food and 50 Bq/k for baby food.