Although the levels that were found in the tea were below the threshold that would be considered unsafe by the Hong Kong authorities, it was enough to raise concerns about food imports from Japan. The importer also acted fast to take the item off of the marketplace.
As stated by the New York Times, food from Japan has really tested positive for radiation on a number of occasions in the recent past. The ruined nuclear power plant has been releasing radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean for a number of years, and into the atmosphere as well. As of now, there continues to be no concrete cleanup plan for coping with the disaster.
Officials in Japan acknowledge that 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima is entering the Pacific Ocean every 24 hours. According to a professor at Tokyo University, 3 gigabecquerels of cesium 137 are flowing into the port at Fukushima Daiichi every day.
Through the whole collapse, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) as well as the Japanese government, have downplayed the environmental effect of the Fukushima disaster. One politician was even haughty enough to drink radioactive water in a distressed kamikaze move to save credibility for the authorities.
Test after test has shown the meltdown has had a major impact on the surrounding areas in contrast to the official reports coming from the power company and the government. It was reported last year that irradiated fish caught close to the inoperative nuclear plant had traces of radiation that were 124 times the level determined to be ‘safe’ by the authorities.
“Japanese Tea Tests Postive For Fukushima Radiation.” The AntiMedia. N.p., 19 Mar. 2015. Web. 21 Mar. 2015. http://theantimedia.org/japanese-tea-tests-postive-for-fukushima-radiation/
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