I read this interesting T Ching article about Japanese tea concerns by Guy Munsch – and it reminded me of a topic I’d pushed to the back of my mind. “Japanese teas” are we comfortable ordering them now? Will we be buying them with our minds at ease? Will we be buying them at all? Not @thedevotea I know that, who simply doesn’t like Japanese tea, even without a touch of contamination.
Anyway, here’s more “tea” for thought, read the T Ching article and let me know what you think. http://www.tching.com/Post.aspx?postuid=fc0bdd16-0dcf-44eb-a745-28b8ecc03f15
My recommendation would be to get in touch with your supplier. They have to do testing of their teas (at least they had to last year) and are usually happy to give you information about it if you ask.
As far as I know, no increased radiation values were found last year in the area around Kyoto, where a majority of the high quality teas are grown (actually, the nearest area where concerning radiation values were found was about 200 km north of there).
Japan’s government was monitoring (and using mandatory testing) teas, especially those destined for export, and didn’t shy away from destroying large batches of contaminated tea.
I’ll have to look into the subject again later this year when the new harvest comes in.