After the recent recall of contaminated spinach and now the appearance of radioactivity in Tokyo’s water supplies, Japan’s exports have been scrutinized and tea drinkers are worried whether or not it is safe to drink Japanese teas.
There is a lot of information out in the media and sometimes it is difficult to separate the truth from hype and fiction.Â The suppliers I work with, andÂ who are in direct contact withÂ JapaneseÂ tea growers, assured that there wasÂ no reason to be concerned at theÂ present time. Dan Bolton, editor for theÂ World Tea News also explained in a recent article that only less than 1000Â tons of tea are grown in these particular areas and that no contamination has been reported at this time. The major tea growing regions, like, Â are beyond the 200 km zone where unacceptable levels of fallout have been reported.
As for right now there really is no need to worry. The spring tea harvest has not even started and the tea currently available inÂ retail stores here in the U.S.Â and other countriesÂ is part of the 2010 harvest.Â Â
There is no doubt, though, that consumers will be more inquisitive and careful about Japanese food products – tea included.Â included. Our advice is: know your tea vendor and be sure that he/she can answer your questions and address your concerns!