Entropye... wrote:There´s a few important questions in my mind...
The aracha has higher concentrations of radioactive isotopes than fresh tea because it´s dehydrated which increases the concentration. That´s not hard to understand. Now finished tea ready to be sold to consumers is still dehydrated why would the concentration be much different from aracha?
Is finished tea being checked for radiation currently?
Wouldn´t it make more sense to check aracha than finished tea? Check aracha and you only have to run one series of tests....check finished tea and you´ll have to run tests constantly all year long every time some of the aracha is taken out of storage and processed into sencha. Are they really going to do that?
I can not fully answer your questions Entropy, I only really know what the story says, which is quoted below.
a.serrao wrote:"Checking (the radioactivity levels in) raw tea leaves and tea for drinking is enough," said Kawakatsu.
Aracha weighs about one-fifth normal tea due to water evaporation and tends to have a higher level of radioactive substances than raw green tea leaves.
When I first read this, I thought normal tea would be tea that has already been processed, meaning aracha is much drier than sencha. Although the term there is a bit ambiguous as to what they actually mean by normal tea.
But According to the article they are already checking raw leaves, and tea for drinking, which I guess answers my earlier question. In fact the more I read this article the less it actually concerns me, as the governor seems to be saying checking it mid way seems to be redundant and is likely causing all sorts of extra fees to the producers which likely have to pay for the checks.
So in short money still is king, but it does not seem to really be at a major health risk to the people, as the final product is still being checked for safety.