Aiya Food Safety and Continuing Supply Statement

Japan Tightens Radiation Regulations


March 20th 2012
Dear Valued Customers

It is hard to believe 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 Aiya America 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, Aiya products still fall well below the set guidelines.

We are happy to provide fully detailed test results to our customers upon request.

Aiya America
2807 Oregon Ct. Unit D-5
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 310-212-1395
Email: info@aiya-america.com


Updated Version July 5th 2011


July 5th , 2011
Dear Valued Customers,

Firstly we would like to thank you again for your business and continuing support with Aiya. We sincerely appreciate all the heartfelt e-mails and messages after the earthquake/Tsunami crisis that occurred on March 11th 2011.
As we promised you, Aiya has conducted radiation tests for our new 2011 crops and we would like to share these test reports to our customers, upon your request.

To ensure our product safety, Aiya conducted radiation tests for 3 different production stages.
1. Fresh Leaves
2. Tencha (after drying before grinding)
3. Matcha (after ground to fine powder)

All three test reports confirmed these are no high unusual radioactivity contamination on our products. Also, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Aichi prefecture (our region) conducted radiation tests on June 14th 2011. These were for teas from our region in Nishio as well as other cities in Aichi prefecture, and the tests confirmed there is no high unusual radioactive contamination.

Product safety is the most important issue for Aiya and we understand all of our clients' concerns. We are taking this issue seriously and are doing our best to provide necessary information to ensure our product's safety and quality.
Please contact the Aiya US office to receive the above mentioned radiation test reports. Also, if you have any questions or concerns for this issue please feel free to write your comments to our US office at below.

Aiya America (US office)
2807 Oregon Ct. Unit D5
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 310-212-1395
Email: info@aiya-america.com

Yoshio Sugita
President of Aiya Co, Ltd
15 Kamimachi Nishio City, Aichi Pref.
445-0894 Japan.



Orginal version April 25th 2011

Dear Valued Customers,

First, we would like to thank you for your business with Aiya and continuing support. In addition, we sincerely appreciate the many warm e-mails and messages after the earthquake/Tsunami crisis that occurred on March 11th 2011.

We received many concerns about our product's safety due to radiation leaking at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan area and concerns about our future supply availability. Aiya's most important mission/policy is supplying safe and high quality products to all of our clients, therefore we have decided to prepare this statement for our clients who are concerned about our product safety as well as future supply availability.

Possibility of radiation contamination

Aiya Japan is located at the city of Nishio in Aichi prefecture where it lays approximately 300 miles away from Fukushima nuclear power plant. The latest news does not state any sustained unusual radiation levels in the Nishio, Aichi area (as of 4/25/2011). For that reason, Aiya strongly believes there are no radiation effects to our manufacturing facility where we are producing our products.

In addition, products we currently supply are made with the 2010 crop, which was harvested before 3/11/2011, therefore there is no possibility of radiation contamination on all tea materials. To ensure our product safety, Aiya is planning to conduct radiation tests at a 3rd party laboratory when we eventually switch to the 2011 crop. We expect to conduct this test in around June 2011. The radiation test we are planning to conduct consists of collecting samples of all grades of 2011 crop tea leaves and making general samples to make sure all 2011 crop meets Japan and US food safety regulation requirements. Tests results can be provided upon your request.

Future supply availability

Aiya Japan's location is far away from the earthquake/Tsunami point and all of our manufacturing facilities, tea fields, employees and tea farmers are safe and incurred no damage. Therefore, we do not expect to see any impact on our ability of supply to all of our clients. One small concern we have currently is whether U.S. customs decides to conduct extra examinations for all shipments from Japan and that these extra exams might take longer to process. Consequently, this could mean we might not be able to receive products from Japan on time, however, other than this we do not expect any significant impact on our ability to supply due to this natural disaster. Again, product safety is the most important issue for Aiya and we understand all of your as well as your client's concerns. We are taking this change of conditions seriously and are doing our best to provide necessary information to ensure our product's safety and quality.

Thank you for your all support to Japan.

Yoshio Sugita
President of Aiya Co, Ltd
15 Kamimachi Nishio City, Aichi Pref.
445-0894 Japan.