Powdered green tea imported into Hong Kong from Japan has tested positive for radioactive cesium 137, which is likely to be a result of contamination originating at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
The levels that were detected in the tea were below the limits that are considered safe by the Hong Kong government, but it was enough to raise concerns about food imports from Japan. The importer also acted quickly to take the product off the market.
According to the New York Times, food from Japan has actually tested positive for radiation on a number of occasions in the past few years.
The devastated 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 is still no concrete clean-up plan for dealing with the disaster.
Officials in Japan admit 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 single day.
Throughout the entire meltdown process, TEPCO and the Japanese government have downplayed the environmental impact of the Fukushima disaster.
One politician was even arrogant enough to drink radioactive water, in a desperate kamikaze move to save credibility for the government.
All parties involved behind the scenes have remained completely silent, although the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC) has already concluded that the nuclear disaster at Fukushima was “a profoundly man-made disaster that could and should have been foreseen and prevented.”
In contrast to the official reports coming from the government and the power company, test after test has shown that the meltdown has had a significant impact on the surrounding area.
It was reported last year that irradiated fish captured near the inoperative nuclear plant had traces of radiation that were 124 times the level determined ‘safe’ by the government.