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Concerning Our Matcha Harvest

Concerning Our Matcha Harvest

Got Matcha's Food Safety and Continuing Supply Statement
… Japan Tightens Radiation Regulations

March 20th 2012
Dear Valued Customers

It is hard to believe that it has been over a year since the triple disaster struck off the coast of North Eastern Japan. Life in the most hard hit areas is slowly returning to normal but the impact of such a catastrophic event will never be forgotten.

In their continuing efforts to keep their citizens safe from the potential dangers of radiation exposure, the Japanese government has announced it will be lowering its radiation exposure guidelines as of April 1st 2012. Specifically referring to the total concentration of CS-131 and CS-134 per kilogram, the current Japanese guideline is set at a maximum of 500 bq/kg. When the new regulations come into effect, that figure will be cut by 80% to 100 bq/kg, making Japanese regulations the strictest in the world. (The United States guideline is 1,200 bq/kg while the EU guideline is 1,000 bq/kg.)

We here at Got Matcha are just as committed to the safety of our customers. Customer safety has always been and will always continue to be our primary concern. To that end, we have been conducting monthly radiation tests on our Matcha and loose leaf teas at an independent third party lab. We have conducted over 120 tests since shortly after the disaster and plan on continuing to do so for our 2012 harvests as well. From those test results, we can confirm that our Matcha and green teas are safe to drink under all international regulations. Even when the new, extremely strict Japanese regulations come into effect, Got Matcha's products still fall well below the set guidelines. If you would like a copy of our most recent report, please contact us at info@GotMatcha.com and we will gladly send you a copy of the report.

How to interpret our reports…

In the middle section of the report you will find the section labeled “Isotopes.”  In that section there are three specific isotopes listed – Cs-134, Cs-137, and I-131.   These are the three radioactive isotopes that have been discovered in parts of Eastern Japan since the earthquake and nuclear disaster.  The numbers to the right of these isotopes is the overall concentration per kilogram of each particular isotope, noted as bq/kg.  If you add all three of these numbers up, you get the overall concentration on a per kilogram basis, which in the case of our October shipment is 2.8 bq/kg.  Per US Guidelines, this number cannot exceed 1,200 bq/kg.  Japanese guidelines, which are the most strict in the world, do not allow this number to exceed 100 bq/kg.  So based upon that information, we can say our Matcha is safe to consume.

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