Tokyo, Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)–Japan Tobacco Inc. <2914> said Tuesday that radioactive cesium levels in some dried tobacco leaves harvested this year in Fukushima Prefecture exceeded the limit set by the company of 100 becquerels per kilogram.
Japan Tobacco will cancel the purchase of some 4.5 tons of the tobacco leaves found to be contaminated.
Cultivation of tobacco leaves was suspended last year in Fukushima Prefecture due to radioactive contamination following the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station, which was damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Sample checks found 110.7 becquerels of radioactive cesium in tobacco leaves grown by three farms in Shirakawa. Radioactive cesium levels were below the limit in leaves from other regions of the northeastern Japan prefecture, Japan Tobacco said.
It was the first time that the results of inspections conducted by the company have been above the limit.
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