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Stornaway boss out on bail

Stornaway boss out on bail

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The top manager at tea chain Stornaway was freed on bail Wednesday after questioning by prosecutors about the presence of pesticide residues in its products.
The Tainan-based 96-store chain was forced to close down Tuesday as pesticides were found in several of its tea products barely a week after inspectors found traces of banned DDT in its roses imported from Iran but reportedly relabeled by another company as being German.
The Taipei District Prosecutors Office questioned Stornaway top manager Chen Yu-huei as a defendant during the afternoon and decided to release her on bail of NT$500,000 (US$16,000), reports said.
The investigators also interrogated supplier Chou Jae Trading Co. chief Tseng Mu-sheng and sales representative Hsu Wei-shu, reports said. Tseng’s wife, company accountant Chung Ching-hsiu, reportedly failed to show up for questioning, according to media reports.
Tseng was freed, but his bail was raised to NT$500,000 (US$16,000) from NT$200,000 last week, reports said.
The main intention of the interrogation session was to find out who knew about the presence of pesticide residues in the affected tea leaves, which were imported from Sri Lanka, reports said.
Chen reportedly told investigators that she trusted Chou Jae Trading and therefore had not made any attempt to submit the roses to further laboratory tests. After the DDT incident, Stornaway did send the tea leaves in for testing, resulting in the discovery of the pesticides in its Earl Grey, Darjeeling and Ceylon tea varieties, reports said.
Stornaway not only faced problems with the authorities and with its clients, but also with franchisees, some of who had invested as much as NT$2 million (US$64,400) because they thought the tea chain had a good image, reports said.


Updated : 2021-09-27 11:38 GMT+08:00