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Japanese tea bag sample detected with low levels of radioactivity

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (December 28) detected a tea bag sample, imported from Japan and collected at import level for radiation testing, with low levels of radioactivity. The product concerned has not entered the local market.

     Product details are as follows:

Product name: OOLONG TEA Tea Bag
Place of origin: Ibaraki, Japan
Packing: 3 grams x 10 sachets per bag
Best-before date: August 25, 2017

     "The results of the radiation testing showed that Caesium-137 was detected at 18 becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg). The standard laid down by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in the guideline levels for radionuclides in foods contaminated following a nuclear or radiological emergency is 1 000 Bq/kg for Caesium-137. The radiation level detected does not exceed the Codex guideline level," the spokesman said.

     According to the information provided by the importer concerned, the product concerned has not entered the local market. The CFS is following up on the case with the importer concerned.

     In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident, the CFS has enhanced radiation testing on food imported from Japan at import, wholesale and retail levels since March 12, 2011. Apart from three unsatisfactory samples of Japanese vegetables found in March 2011, certain samples of Japanese food were also detected to contain low levels of radioactivity.

     The CFS will continue to closely monitor information from Japan as well as the radiation testing results of Japanese food products in Hong Kong and elsewhere. It will review and adjust, if necessary, the surveillance strategy on food products imported from Japan in a timely manner, making reference to the recommendations of international authorities, to safeguard food safety.

     Results of the food surveillance on Japanese food are uploaded to the CFS website daily:

Ends/Monday, December 28, 2015
Issued at HKT 19:03


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