Teas from two chain stores test pos­i­tive for pes­ti­cides

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tea prod­ucts of two well­known tea bev­er­age store chains were found to con­tain her­bi­cides and pes­ti­cides as Taipei health of­fi­cials un­veiled the re­sults of its sec­ond round of ex­am­i­na­tions of tea prod­ucts Mon­day.

The in­ci­dent fol­lows a re­cent pes­ti­cide scare that erupted in an­other tea bev­er­age shop chain, Stor­n­away ( ), in April.

Taipei City Gov­ern­ment’s Depart­ment of Heath said it de­tected 35 out of 44 tea prod­ucts con- tained pes­ti­cide, but 32 of them came within the al­low­able lev­els, while three did not meet the stan­dards. The three in­clude oo­long tea

) and jas­mine tea ( ) from Or­ange Tea ( ) sold at a shop in Beitou Dis­trict, as well as the black tea of Sharetea ( ) at its Nanyang out­let.

Health of­fi­cials said tests showed the oo­long tea con­tained 0.09 ppm of Ame­tryn, which is a her­bi­cide banned in tea prod­ucts,

( while its jas­mine tea was shown to con­tain 0.006 ppm of the pes­ti­cide Fipronil, higher than the 0.002 ppm al­low­able level.

Share Tea’s black tea was found to con­tain 0.01 ppm of Fipronil.

Of­fi­cials said tea prod­ucts that failed the tests had been re­moved from shelves be­fore the end of May.

Health of­fi­cials noted that they have alerted their coun­ter­parts in Taichung, where two com­pa­nies that sup­ply the raw ma­te­ri­als to the two tea bev­er­age chains are based.

One of the sup­pli­ers said the jas­mine tea it sup­plied to Or­ange Tea was im­ported from Viet­nam last June, and it had tested safe on June 5, 2014. There is no longer any in­ven­tory of the im­ported tea now.

Mean­while, Or­ange Tea said it no longer has a con­tract re­la­tion­ship with the Beitou shop, and it only in­tro­duces qual­i­fied man­u­fac­tur­ers to the store. It also ques­tioned why the same batch of tea prod­ucts that had passed the tests by the New Taipei gov­ern­ment and SGS com­pany could fail the tests in Taipei.

Sharetea, for its part, said the black tea found to have con­tained pes­ti­cide was only used in­ter­nally, and was not sold in stores.

It said it was no­ti­fied to have passed safety checks by the New Taipei City health depart­ment on April 30, and it was per­plexed to learn the same tea failed tests by the Taipei City health depart­ment.

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