Lo­cal rose tea brand con­tains DDT: gov’t

Health bureau claims toxic raw ma­te­ri­als came from Ger­many

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

The Public Health Bureau of Miaoli County yes­ter­day re­vealed that the im­ported rose tea ma­te­rial for lo­cal English-themed soft drink chain Stor­n­away ( ) con­tains 13 kinds of pes­ti­cides, in­clud­ing four kinds of dichlorodiphenyl­trichloroethane (DDT).

Ac­cord­ing to Food Hy­giene Di­vi­sion head Lin Yu-chen ( ), a con­sumer bought a “Rose Petal Ice Tea” from one of the bev­er­age com­pany’s Miaoli branches in March this year. Af­ter drink­ing her tea, the woman re­port­edly de­vel­oped symptoms in­clud­ing dizzi­ness and weak­ness in all four limbs.

The woman re­port­edly as­sumed that she had caught the flu ini­tially, and de­cided to pur­chase an­other cup of the same bev­er­age the next day. Af­ter de­vel­op­ing the same symptoms, she re­ported the prob­lem to the lo­cal health bureau in Miaoli.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing the com­plaint, the depart­ment de­ployed agents to the branch in ques­tion to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The depart­ment said that af­ter ask­ing to in­spect the raw ma­te­ri­als for the chain’s rose teas, the agents found that not only did the color of the dried roses look un­nat­u­ral, the raw ma­te­rial also emit­ted a very strong scent.

Of­fi­cials later took away sam­ples for fur­ther testing, and found that the dried roses con­tained 13 kinds of pes­ti­cide residues, in­clud­ing four kinds of DDT, dichlorodiphenyldichloroethy­lene (DDE), car­ben­dazim, dimethoate and cyper­me­thrin.

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Lin went on to say that all four kinds of DDT and DDE are pes­ti­cides with long tox­i­c­ity pe­ri­ods, with tox­i­c­ity lev­els com­pa­ra­ble to that of dioxin. The chem­i­cals have been banned for the last 40 years, and should not show up in test re­sults, let alone con­tain a con­cen­tra­tion level be­tween 0.08 and 1,047 ppm.

The bureau also stated that from two bags of sam­ples re­trieved from the branch, of­fi­cials were able to de­ter­mine that the ori­gin of the raw ma­te­ri­als was Ger­many.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Stor­n­away cur­rently op­er­ates three fran­chise branches in Miaoli, all of which re­moved an ac­cu­mu­lated 2,751 grams of the prod­uct in ques­tion on the day of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion as a pre­cau­tion.

Fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the of­fi­cial find­ings on April 2, the case was trans­ferred to the Tainan City Depart­ment of Health as the head­quar­ters of the com­pany is based in Tainan.

The Tainan Health Depart­ment then in­ter­viewed var­i­ous ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers of the com­pany, in­clud­ing Stor­n­away’s Nu­tri­tion Manager Lin Ming-hung ( ).

In a state­ment, Lin said that the pe­tals were pur­chased from Taipeibased Chou Chieh En­ter­prise (

), who had pro­vided Stor­n­away with proof of in­spec­tion stat­ing that all pe­tals im­ported from Ger­many and Iran do not con­tain any pes­ti­cide residues. Stor­n­away later said that they will re­turn all of their prod­ucts to the Taipei en­ter­prise and seek com­pen­sa­tion.

The bureau later re­quested that the com­pany re­move all of the con­tam­i­nated prod­ucts in all of its 96 branches na­tion­wide. Re­port­edly, af­ter 5 days of work, around 70 kilo­grams have so far been re­called.

The Tainan Depart­ment of Health has also con­tacted the Taipei City Depart­ment of Health to in­ves­ti­gate Chou Chieh En­ter­prise.

CNA

Con­tam­i­nated dried rose pe­tals are dis­played in a pho­to­graph taken yes­ter­day. The Public Health Bureau of Miaoli County yes­ter­day re­vealed that the im­ported rose tea prod­ucts used by lo­cal English-themed soft drink chain Stor­n­away con­tain 13 pes­ti­cide con­tents, in­clud­ing four kinds of dichlorodiphenyl­trichloroethane (DDT).

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