Teas from two chain stores test positive for pesticides
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.