Another Update on Our Japanese Teas

  • July 2, 2012

Now that we have started packaging tea harvested after the earthquake and tsunami events of March 11, 2011 in Japan, we wanted to share updated information about our continued efforts to oversee the safety of our Japanese teas.

We are working with an accredited lab to conduct testing for the post-earthquake teas. Test results showed levels “less than or not exceeding 1 becquerel,” indicating virtually no contamination. This result is dramatically lower than the stated standards of the United States, Europe and Japan and restores confidence in the safety of these teas. Also, tea is steeped and not ingested, thus, reducing exposure.

All of our Japanese teas (Premium Japanese Green, Bancha Hojicha, Twig Kukicha, & Genmaicha) are sourced from Nara and Kyoto Prefectures only.  These prefectures have no reported fallout and reside over 300 miles from the Fukushima area.

Additionally, in March 2012, our buyer, Eric Ring, visited tea estates in Japan to witness and ensure that proper safety protocols are enforced.

We hope you find this information helps you make your tea buying decisions. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide you with any additional reports that may come forward.

As always, we are deeply committed to maintaining quality, safe, and pure products for all of our customers.


  • thank you katiechoice for addressing (very specifically) the exact question i was going to post. choice tea is waaay ahead of the competitors’ (and the usa in general) by talking about radioactive fallout in our foods.

    jennifer michaels — September 6, 2012 at 7:10 am
  • I would appreciate an update on radioactive issues related to your tea. Since last year, more radioactivity has been released into the atmosphere by the power plants. Is 300 miles still sufficient distance to avoid contamination?

    Leonora — October 18, 2013 at 8:49 am
  • Hi Leonora, all information listed above is still up to date. We are continuing to have each new tea lot tested, test results are showing non-detection for contamination, and we continue to source from the same regions. Should we ever encounter unsafe test results, we certainly will not be manufacturing this product for our customers. We know that this is a continuing issue and will continue to verify our teas are safe.

    katiechoice — October 18, 2013 at 9:13 am
  • Thank you for your reply. “Non-detection” sounds perfect. “Unsafe levels” however is another matter, since I understand the Japanese gov’t has set unusually high levels of radiation as acceptable for exposure. I drink many cups of your Premium Green Tea daily, so it is constantly on my mind.

    Leonora — October 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

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