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lively matcha Radiation Test Results 2017
For us, your safety is our #1 priority. There’s is no point in selling you the most energetic matcha yet be serving you radiation in a cup, which could potentially harm your health.
Matcha is one of those products where you get what you pay for, but when it comes to your health I think we all agree we want something extremely healthy. As you might know, the highest grades of Matcha come from Japan. Any matcha tea coming from any other country, might look and taste like matcha, but it won’t be the highest grade and it won’t provide the same level of nutrients to your body. However, even if a matcha tea is harvested in Japan, it’s also crucial to know the region where it was grown, as it could potentially be a radioactive zone.
What causes matcha tea to be radioactive?
Unfortunately, throughout history Japan has had several catastrophic events where radioactivity has played an important role. In 2011, a 9.1 Mw Earthquake hit off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku, causing major disasters including large explosions and radioactive leakage. For this reason, Japan is constantly testing their water, food, and soil for radioactive ingredients. When buying matcha powder, always ensure that what you’re buying is 100% safe to drink and that it doesn’t have any radiation that could harm your health.
Are lively matcha teas safe then?
You bet they are! On this page you will find 2 radiation test results; the first radiation test is done to our matcha powder and the second test is done to the actual Camelia Sinensis leaves (our green tea plants).
Radiation Test of Matcha Powder
The information that you need to know is right in the middle section of the report. This radiation test looks for isotopes Cs-134, Cs-137, and I-131. These are the three radioactive isotopes since the earthquake and nuclear disaster in 2011, in parts of Eastern Japan. The number to the right of these isotopes is the concentration per kilogram of each particular isotope, noted as bq/kg. When adding all three of these numbers, we get the overall concentration on a per kilogram basis. As you can see on this result, our Matcha’s concentration is less than 10 bq/kg.
It’s important to mention that this result is based on a per kilogram basis. If using 1 teaspoon of matcha per serving, means that 1 kilogram is 1,000 servings. That means that 10 bq/kg is the content on 1,000 matcha servings.
United States Guidelines considers that the concentration to be safe shall not exceed 1,200 bq/kg. On the other hand, Japanese guidelines which are the most strict in the world, do not allow this number to exceed 100 bq/kg.
The result: lively matcha’s teas are 1,000% safe to drink
Radiation Test of Leafs
The second radiation test was done on the plant leafs itself. The test looks for the same isotopes as the preivous test: Cs-134, Cs-137, and I-131. The number to the right of these isotopes is the concentration per kilogram of each particular isotope, noted as bq/kg. When adding all three of these numbers, we get the overall concentration on a per kilogram basis. As you can see on this result, both test are basically identical and have the same extremely low concentration of less than 10 bq/kg.
The result: lively matcha’s teas come from plants that are 1,000% safe of radiation