Australian news, and some related international items

700 tobacco farmers in Fukushima impacted, as radioactivity levels in tobacco too high

Fukushima tobacco contaminated with radiation By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy Japan’s largest cigarette maker has cancelled the purchase of tobacco leaves from Fukushima after they were found to be contaminated with elevated levels of radiation.

Japan Tobacco says routine checks of dried tobacco leaves from Fukushima have revealed that some of the crop is contaminated with radioactive caesium above the company’s safety limit. The company says it will now cancel the purchase of 4.5 tonnes of dried tobacco from Fukushima. It is the first time checks by the company have uncovered radiation levels above the limit.

Fukushima is home to nearly 700 tobacco farmers, with annual sales of the crop worth more than $40 million.


October 11, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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