– Are tea, seaweed, fish oil, kelp & chlorella supplements grown in Asia….which most are, radioative and contaminated with heavy metals? (Investment Watch, April 28, 2013)
– The 10 worst toxins hidden in vitamins, supplements and health foods (Natural News, March 26, 2013):
I’m absolutely shocked at how many people don’t investigate what’s really in the products they swallow. When something is sold as an herb, vitamin, superfood or supplement, they think it’s automatically safe. And while the natural products industry has a truly remarkable safety record — especially in contrast to the massive number of deaths caused by pharmaceuticals — it still suffers from a lot of hidden toxins that are routinely used throughout the industry.
I know this because I’ve been an investigative journalist and activist in the natural health industry for over a decade. Natural News is arguably the most-read natural health news website in the world, reaching millions of readers a month. I’ve walked the floors of countless trade shows, conducted hundreds of interviews and spent tens of thousands of dollars on laboratory tests to determine what’s in these products. On top of that, I’m deep into organic product formulations and certified organic food production, serving as the supervisor of a USDA-certified organic food production and packing facility.
– Radioactive tea leaves are exported from Japan to Hongkong (Fukushima Diary, Jan 27, 2013)
If the old testing method is used, this tea could contain 2,400 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium in dry leaves.
The other sample from Kanuma City in Tochigi Prefecture also exceeded the new safety limit for brewed tea (10 Bq/kg), with 12 Bq/kg of cesium.
Checking the Kanuma City’s website, there is no mention of this test result, even though it was in the news on May 18, 2012 (Shimotsuke Shinbun). Instead, the page for Kanuma’s agricultural products has this interesting mention of how to take care of the tea plantations while the shipment of the tea from the city is halted (it has been halted since June last year, after the fresh leaves of tea from the city tested above the provisional safety limit):
– 24,700 Bq/Kg Radioactive Cesium from Tea Leaves in Fukushima City, from Last Year (EX-SKF, Mar 24, 2012):
Move over, Shizuoka tea. Move over, Saitama tea. Here comes Fukushima tea with 24,700 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium.
The tea leaves were picked in Fukushima City in May last year, and they were not commercial tea. A city resident grew in his/her garden and picked for his/her own use.
I hope the tea weren’t consumed or given as gifts. At 24,700 becquerels/kg, you cannot even dump it in the garbage, let alone incinerate.
From Mainichi Shinbun local Fukushima version (3/23/2012):
東日本大震災：福島、茶葉から２万４７００ベクレル 市民が測定所に持参 ／福島
Fukushima: 24,700 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium from tea leaves, brought by a resident to the testing laboratory
24,700 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was detected from the tea leaves brought by a city resident to the testing laboratory operated by Fukushima City. The news was reported at the meeting of the disaster response headquarters of Fukushima City on March 22.
– #Radiation in Japan: Saitama Forces School Children to Gargle with Sayama Tea to Prevent Flu (EX-SKF, December 18, 2011):
The “cold shutdown/accident is over” declaration by PM Noda on December 16 must have been a signal that unleashed the cold shutdown of intelligence in many parts of Japan. Here’s one from Saitama Prefecture.
Sayama City, known for its “Sayama-cha” brand green tea, has been suffering as high levels of radioactive cesium continue to be detected from its teas. As if to help the city and dispel “baseless rumors” that are scaring the consumers from buying Sayama tea, Saitama Prefecture has just started forcing school children to gargle with powdered Sayama tea as an effort to instill good behavior in preventing cold and flu.
Problem: radioactive cesium has been detected from green tea grown in Sayama, some exceeding the national provisional limit of 500 becquerels/kg by a wide margin. In fact, it is rare to find Sayama tea without any radioactive cesium.
The latest testing done by Saitama Prefecture shows continued detection of radioactive cesium from almost all teas grown in Sayama.
Nonetheless, parents of the children who goes to school in Saitama received the notice like this:
– 471 develop wheat allergy after using popular ‘green-tea’ face soap (Mainichi, Nov. 15, 2011)
TOKYO (Kyodo) — A total of 471 people have developed a wheat allergy after using a type of popular green face soap and some of them have become seriously ill, health ministry officials said Tuesday, citing a report by the producer.
Yuuka Co. began recalling the soap called “Cha no Shizuku” (Drip of Tea) in May and has said the soap now on the market is safe as it does not contain the agent that caused the allergic symptoms.
According to the official citing an accident report by the company, 66 people among the total were taken to hospital after developing serious conditions including becoming unconscious.
– Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update / Aileen Mioko Smith on rising radiation levels in Japan and government denial (Dr. Helen Caldicott, Sep. 2, 2011):
Listen Now Download the show by right-clicking the link.
This week, Dr. Caldicott gets an update on the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan from Arnold Gundersen, a consultant with Fairewinds Associates. Two recent items from the Fairewinds website: Too Close For Comfort – Floods, Earthquakes & Tsunamis and Newly Released TEPCO Data Proves Fairewinds Assertions of Significant Fuel Pool Failures at Fukushima Daiichi. Listen to our earlier programs featuring Gundersen here and here. As background for today’s program, read the recent news articles Greenpeace: Fukushima Schools Unsafe After Clean-Up, Cesium in Incinerator Dust Across East Japan and Japan’s Cesium Leak Equal to 168 ‘45 A-Bombs.
Later in the program, we hear from Japanese nuclear activist, Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action Japan, based in Kyoto, on the alarming increase in radiation levels in Japan and government inaction. First, Smith discusses her research into health effects from the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear disaster. The conversation moves to rising radiation levels in Japan citizens are reporting, the lack of government testing, Japanese protests about the high levels of contamination in Fukushima prefecture, and Smith’s concerns about high radiation exposures in children.
From the article:
“We have begun to see increased nosebleeds, stubborn cases of diarrhoea, and flu-like symptoms in children,” Dr Yuko Yanagisawa, a physician at Funabashi Futawa Hospital in Chiba Prefecture, told Al Jazeera.
She attributes the symptoms to radiation exposure, and added: “We are encountering new situations we cannot explain with the body of knowledge we have relied upon up until now.”
They are dying (very slowly):
– Hiroshima To Fukushima, Finishing The Job: A Time For The Kill (Veterans Today):
‘The Country Of Japan Is No More And The Land Is Permanently Uninhabitable’
– Independent Scientist Leuren Moret: Japan, US, Canadian Governments Complicit In Covering Up Fukushima Radiation – ‘We Are Facing Total Extermination And Genocide’ – ‘We Are On Our Own’ (Video & Article):
‘The Fukushima Disaster Is Going To Finish The Japanese’
And what is the government doing?
– Fukushima radiation alarms doctors (Al Jazeera, Aug 18, 2011):
Japanese doctors warn of public health problems caused by Fukushima radiation.
Scientists and doctors are calling for a new national policy in Japan that mandates the testing of food, soil, water, and the air for radioactivity still being emitted from Fukushima’s heavily damaged Daiichi nuclear power plant.
“How much radioactive materials have been released from the plant?” asked Dr Tatsuhiko Kodama, a professor at the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology and Director of the University of Tokyo’s Radioisotope Centre, in a July 27 speech to the Committee of Health, Labour and Welfare at Japan’s House of Representatives.
“The government and TEPCO have not reported the total amount of the released radioactivity yet,” said Kodama, who believes things are far worse than even the recent detection of extremely high radiation levels at the plant.
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‘DEAD WRONG’ (again) Mr. Kawakatsu!
Before he had to give in and get the tea tested in Japan he spouted this:
Now here is Kawakatsu again, dishing out more BS we can believe in …
– Shizuoka Governor Kawakatsu Entertains NY Tea Drinkers (EX-SKF, July 14, 2011):
(Updated with new information on the US radiation standard, at the bottom.)
The Oxford PhD governor strikes again, this time in New York, telling green tea lovers in the city that Shizuoka tea is safe because it has tested below the safety limit and it’s good for their health. He also reminds them that Shizuoka is very far from Fukushima.
I suppose there aren’t many green tea lovers in New York who read my blog. If they had read my blog, they could have told the governor what he was saying was plain wrong.
(Now, readers of this blog, can you spot what’s wrong with the governor’s statement?)
From Asahi Shinbun (7/15/2011):
Governor Heita Kawakatsu of Shizuoka Prefecture joined a gathering of green tea lovers in New York on July 14 and appealed the safety of the teas grown in Shizuoka Prefecture, the largest tea producer in Japan.
The EU radiation limit of 500 becquerels per kg goes back to the Chernobyl disaster and has NOTHING to do with safety.
– Du thé vert japonais radioactif intercepté à l’aéroport de Roissy (AFP, Jun 17, 2011)
– French find cesium in Shizuoka tea (Japan Times/Kyodo, June 19, 2011):
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.
Ah, the concerned Shizuoka government:
– Japan recalls Shizuoka tea over radiation fears (Telegraph, June 10, 2011):
Japan has detected radiation above the legal limit in tea grown in Shizuoka, the heart of the nation’s green tea industry, officials said, blaming the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.
A tea dealer has started a recall of the dried tea after measuring about 679 becquerels of caesium per kilogramme in leaves at a tea factory in the city of Shizuoka, prefectural officials said. The legal limit is 500 Bq/kg.
Earlier this month Japan banned the shipment of green tea leaves from all or part of four other prefectures around Tokyo – Chiba, Ibaraki, Kanagawa and Tochigi – after radioactive caesium above legal levels was found in samples.
Shizuoka prefecture will carry out sampling tests at some 100 other tea factories in the area next week, although the caesium was at a level unlikely to affect human health, the prefecture said.
It was the first detection of radiation above the legal limit in tea grown in Shizuoka prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, where some 35,000 tonnes of dried tea is produced annually.
The ‘500 becquerels per kilogram safety government standard’ has NOTHING to do with safety. And if you have followed all my posts on the effects of low-level radiation and internal emitters & radiation, then you know exactly why.
– Tea From Shizuoka Exceeds Radioactive Standard After Quake (Bloomberg, Jun 9, 2011):
Tea from Japan’s Shizuoka prefecture had above-standard radioactive cesium levels three months after an earthquake led to radiation leaks at a nuclear plant about 360 kilometers (224 miles) from the area.
The dried leaves had 679 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, more than the 500 becquerels per kilogram safety government standard, according to a faxed statement from the local government today. The contamination was found in leaves from the prefecture’s Warashina area, while tea produced in all 18 other areas had safe levels, based on tests conducted by tea farmers, according to the statement.
Shizuoka Governor Heita Kawakatsu last month said tests on fresh tea leaves and drinks showed they contained cesium amounts below the government safety limit. The government on June 2 decided to curb shipments of dried tea leaves containing more than 500 becquerel per kilogram of radioactive cesium and ordered a halt in deliveries from the eastern prefectures of Ibaraki, Chiba, Kanagawa and Tochigi where tainted produce was detected.
Shizuoka, which accounts for about 40 percent of the nation’s tea output and lies southwest of Tokyo, asked the farmers that produced the contaminated leaves to recall those products and halt shipments.
Japan’s tea production, including fresh and dried leaves, was worth 102.1 billion yen ($1.3 billion) in 2009, according to the agriculture ministry.
– 静岡・本山茶の一部で基準超の放射性セシウム (Yomiuri Shimbun, June 09, 2011):
Radioactive cesium standard over part of Shizuoka tea Motoyama
Special Primary Hukushima
Shizuoka Prefecture on May 9, the first crop harvested as hay, Aoi-ku Shizuoka City School District, worked “Motoyama tea (Macha and the UK)” Provisional Regulations on the part of the country’s tea production (500 becquerels per gram 1 kg) announced that it has been detected more than 679 becquerels of radioactive cesium.
The Japanese government has banned shipments of green tea leaves in four regions after high levels of radioactive caesium were found.
A swathe of Japan’s tea making regions including parts of Tochigi, Chiba and Kanagawa prefecture as well as the whole of Ibaraki were included within the ban, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
Green tea plantations were first highlighted as suffering from potential radiation contamination last month following the results of sample tests in Kanagawa prefecture.
The authorities discovered around 570 becquerels of caesium per kilogram in leaves grown in the city of Minamiashigara – compared to the legal limit of 500 – and started a recall of tea products.
– #Radioactive Tea: Shizuoka Governor Now Says He’ll Order Test for Bulk Tea (What About the Ones Already Sold?) (EX-SKF, Friday, June 3, 2011):
The Oxford PhD (in history) governor of Shizuoka, Heita Kawakatsu (pictured), changed his tunes and now says his prefecture will follow the order by the national government and test the bulk tea (“aracha”) for radioactive materials.
Why? Nobody knows. Shizuoka’s “shincha” (new tea) has already been sold and shipped, both in bulk form and in the final, blended form. “Shincha” commands a huge premium over “nibancha” (second tea).
But the tea growers in Shizuoka are furious at the governor’s flip-flop, as Shizuoka Shinbun reports (6/3/2011; original in Japanese, rough English summary):
Tea growers and wholesalers in Shizuoka expressed anger and confusion over the government’s decision to apply the provisional limit for raw tea leaves [500 becquerels/kg] to “aracha” (bulk tea).
Shizuoka Prefecture had insisted the tea was “safe”. Governor Heita Kawakatsu said on June 2, prior to the national government announcement, that half-hearted measures [like testing the bulk tea for radiation] would only amplify the fear.
I’m losing faith in the goodness and honesty of the agricultural growers in Japan, when they are organized into an association with political clout, like JA.
Shizuoka Prefecture produces over 60 percent of all green teas (final blend) produced in Japan. Right now, it’s the season for new teas (“shincha”). Some big money at stake, but recently the high level of radioactive materials was detected from tea leaves grown in Kanagawa Prefecture (east of Shizuoka) and the Ministry of Health and Welfare wants 14 tea-growing prefectures including Shizuoka to test their bulk teas before they are further roasted and blended (“aracha”).
– Radioactive substance detected in green tea leaves in Ibaraki towns (Mainichi Daily News):
MITO — Higher levels of radioactive cesium than the national provisional limit were detected in green tea leaves harvested in Daigo and Sakai in northern Ibaraki Prefecture, the prefectural government announced May 16.
The government said radioactive cesium of 894 becquerels per kilogram was detected in green tea leaves picked May 15 in Sakai and that of 570 becquerels per kilogram in Daigo in green tea leaves picked May 14, compared with the official interim limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram.
The prefectural government ordered the two towns May 16 to halt shipments of green tea leaves.
Meanwhile, radioactive cesium of 3 becquerels was detected in the hot extracts of green tea in Sakai and 30 becquerels in Daigo against the provisional limit of 200 becquerels for drinking water under the Food Sanitation Law.
Green tea in Sakai and Daigo bears the brand names of Sashima tea and Okukuji tea, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, alarmed by the high levels of the radioactive substance in tea leaves, ordered Tokyo and 13 prefectures in northeastern and eastern Japan to check steam dried green tea known as “Aracha.”