Stor­n­away tainted tea leaves scare con­tin­ues


The Stor­n­away ( ) tainted tea leaves scare con­tin­ues to un­ravel, with the Taoyuan Public Health Depart­ment an­nounc­ing yes­ter­day that of­fi­cials had found traces of fipronil that ex­ceed stan­dard amounts in Asia East Tea’s ( ) HT black tea.

Fol­low­ing the Food and Drugs Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) state­ment on in­ves­ti­gat­ing im­ported tea in Tai­wan, the Asia East Tea and Stor­n­away’s ex­clu­sive tea and black tea bev­er­ages were found to be the new­est ad­di­tions to the scan­dal.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions of which bev­er­age stores had bought tainted tea leaves from the en­ter­prise are still un­der­way, of­fi­cials said. Stor­n­away’s ex­clu­sive tea and black tea had been re­called from stores and cease dis­tri­bu­tion.

HT black tea was among the six Asia East Tea prod­ucts that re­vealed an ex­ceed­ing level of fipronil, and of­fi­cials re­port con­fis­cat­ing 4,200 kilo­grams of leaves.

The other five tea prod­ucts from Asia East Tea, which are Sha black tea from In­dia, pu’er tea and oo­long from Viet­nam, black tea from Cey­lon, and sen­cha were also un­der ex­am­i­na­tion. Ac­cord­ing to health of­fi­cials, the Asia East Tea had sup­plied Datung Tea House ( ), which was Stor­n­away’s source of tea leaves. In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the Asia East Tea had bought 33 bags of tea leaves from Sung Meng Tea ( ), and sup­plied Da-tung 15 bags be­tween March and April. 800 kilo­grams were con­fis­cated by of­fi­cials and sent for testing.

The health depart­ment re­ported that only 18 bags of tea leaves (around 647 kilo­grams) re­mained in Asia East Tea’s in­ven­tory, and or­dered the com­pany to cease sell­ing of the tea leaves un­til fur­ther test re­sults are avail­able.

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