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Pesticides found in tea in Changhua

Pesticides found in tea in Changhua

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tests have turned up excessive pesticide levels in three varieties of tea sold in Changhua County, reports said Tuesday.
Following repeated incidents of DDT and other pesticides being found in tea sold at chain stores across Taiwan, inspectors in the central region also launched tests. Out of 47 tea varieties, three were found to show illegally high levels of pesticides, reports said.
The three cases were completely unrelated, officials said. One was a type of rose tea, another was a green tea and the third one was a variety of black tea.
The three varieties were supplied by different companies based in Taipei City, Kaohsiung City and Nantou City, leading health departments in the three areas to take action to investigate the suppliers.
As the products were stopped from being sold, an investigation was launched into suppliers and clients to find out how much of the tainted tea and rose leaves might have found its way to the public, reports said.
One of the companies affected by the test outcome was a chain store selling tea drinks known as Da Jing Baked Tea, an affiliate of Jing-Da Food Co. based in Tatsun, Changhua County.
Inspectors sealed 125 kilograms of the possibly tainted tea at Da Jing and ordered its ten outlets nationwide to stop selling the product.
The origin of the tea and rose leaves in the latest case was not yet known, but over the past few months, imported leaves from Vietnam, India and Iran were found to contain illegally high levels of residue from pesticides such as fipronil and even DDT, which has been completely banned in Taiwan for decades.


Updated : 2021-09-26 03:45 GMT+08:00