Posted on 3rd July 2011 on jotzoom.com
The Japanese green tea industry and hundreds of green tea growers around Japan are facing a crisis. Japan’sgovernment has banned green tea leaves from four different prefectures from being sold. However, green tea leaves tested from the Shizuoka prefecture, hundreds of miles away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and presumably far away from possible radiation contamination has tested positive for radioactive cesium. The amounts detected were above the levels deemed safe by the Japanese government.
Shizuoka is Japan’s most productive and famous green tea growing region, with many hillsides covered with green tea bushes. 5 green tea processing plants in the Warashina area of Shizuoka have been asked by thegovernment to stop shipments of their green tea products.