12 May '11, 6am

Japan recalls tea over radiation fears

Japan recalls tea over radiation fears

TOKYO: Japan has detected radiation above the legal limit in tea grown southwest of Tokyo and blamed it on the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant northeast of the capital, officials said Thursday. Kanagawa prefecture has started a recall of the tea after measuring about 570 becquerel of caesium per kilogramme in leaves grown in the city of Minamiashigara, prefectural officials said. The legal limit is 500 Bq/kg. The prefecture has asked the city and its agricultural cooperative to recall the tea and stop its sale for now, 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 farm products grown in our prefecture," said Hideto Funahashi, of the Kanagawa agricultural bureau. "We have not specified the source of the radiation, but we cannot imagine any other than the nuclear po...

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