CNN.Meanwhile, the Japanese government has detected radiation above the legal limit in tea grown in Shizuoka, the heart of the nation's green tea industry, prompting a recall.
A tea dealer has started a recall of the dried tea after measuring about 679 becquerels of caesium per kilogramme in leaves at a tea factory in the city of Shizuoka, prefectural officials said. The legal limit is 500 Bq/kg. Earlier this month Japan banned the shipment of green tea leaves from all or part of four other prefectures around Tokyo - Chiba, Ibaraki, Kanagawa and Tochigi - after radioactive caesium above legal levels was found in samples. Shizuoka prefecture will carry out sampling tests at some 100 other tea factories in the area next week, although the caesium was at a level unlikely to affect human health, the prefecture said. It was the first detection of radiation above the legal limit in tea grown in Shizuoka prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, where some 35,000 tonnes of dried tea is produced annually. "We believe the source of the radiation was the Fukushima nuclear power plant," a prefectural official said. - The Telegraph.As fears mount over the nuclear leak at the tsunami-ravaged plant, a new radiation alarm have been ignited after a rabbit born close to the facility was discovered with no ears, suggesting some form of genetic mutation.
The Fukushima plant suffered catastrophic damage when a tsunami, triggered by an earthquake, swept through the facility in March, destroying reactors. Following a blast at the plant that caused the initial leaks, Japanese officials warned people living near Fukushima to stay indoors, turn off their air conditioning and stop drinking tap water.
Since then, experts have been nervously watching radiation levels in the area around the plant to determine the extent of the leak. Earlier this week it was revealed the Japanese government has more than doubled the estimate for the amount of radiation released by the plant. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency - a government watchdog - also said during a briefing in Tokyo that it is now believed that reactor cores in some of the units at the plant melted more quickly than previously thought. - Daily Mail.WATCH: Ear-less rabbit sparks worries about radiation.