Public awaits Stor­n­away’s re­vised com­pen­sa­tion plan

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

Stor­n­away was plan­ning new com­pen­sa­tion mea­sures for buy­ers of its rose tea af­ter they were found to con­tain pes­ti­cide residues, said com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chen Yu-hui ( ) yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Taipei Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice (TDPO,

), Stor­n­away’s up­stream sup­plier, Taipei-based herb im­porter Chou Jae Trad­ing Co. ( ), is said to have sold toxic rose tea in­gre­di­ents to Stor­n­away, and was fined NT$10,000 by the Taipei City Depart­ment of Health ( ) based

Dis­trict on vi­o­la­tions of the Act Gov­ern­ing Food Safety and San­i­ta­tion (

), specif­i­cally for mis­la­belling the in­gre­di­ents as orig­i­nat­ing in Ger­many, when they in fact were shipped from Iran.

Of­fi­cials Pun­ished for De­lay

Tainan City Depart­ment of Health (DOH, ) Deputy Direc­tor Lin Pi-feng ( ) and Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion Sec­tion ( ) chief Hsu Hui-mei ( ) were given rep­ri­mands by the Per­for­mance Eval­u­a­tion Com­mit­tee ( ) of the DOH for their de­layed re­sponse af­ter dis­cov­er­ing pes­ti­cide residues in Stor­n­away’s rose tea.

Even though im­me­di­ate mea­sures were un­der­taken to re­move rose tea batches from the shelves of all Stor­n­away out­lets around Tai­wan, public an­nounce­ments should have been made im­me­di­ately, said DOH of­fi­cials.

DOH Direc­tor Lin San-je ( also di­rectly re­quested that pun­ish­ment be levied against Tainan City Mayor Wil­liam Lai ( )

Stor­n­away Tea to Pre­pare ‘Rea­son­able’ Com­pen­sa­tions

Tainan City Con­sumer Om­buds- man Lin Guo-zhen ( ) said that Stor­n­away’s for­mer plan of com­pen­sat­ing buy­ers dou­ble the price of its rose tea upon pre­sen­ta­tion of empty con­tain­ers was not rea­son­able.

Lin sug­gested yes­ter­day morn­ing that con­sumers should re­ceive com­pen­sa­tion by speak­ing di­rectly to Stor­n­away staff, who could then ver­ify their claims.

In re­sponse, an of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day that Stor­n­away was pre­par­ing a re­vised com­pen­sa­tion plan. How­ever, as of 6 p.m. last night, Lin had yet to re­ceive any news from Stor­n­away. Lin said that he will con­tact the firm this morn­ing.

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