JT tightens radioactive standards for domestic leaf tobacco

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Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has tightened the company’s allowable standard for radioactive materials in Japanese domestic leaf tobacco, from 500 becquerels per kilogram for radioactive cesium to 100 becquerels per kilogram, it was announced on March 16.

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JT said it is following the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s recent establishment of standard limits for radioactive materials in food and is seeking to further secure consumer confidence in its products.

It said any tobacco exceeding the new standards will be discarded. JT will conduct pre-purchase testing of this year’s Japanese domestic leaf tobacco and not purchase any for which the values exceed the standard.

Because a certain period of time is required for aging between the purchase and use of leaf tobacco, the purchased leaf tobacco from last year has not been used for products except for some from Kyushu and Okinawa.

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