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TFDA reports four additional tainted beverage brands

TFDA reports four additional tainted beverage brands

Following the recent rounds of inspections carried across beverage stores nationwide, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) reported Thursday that four additional brands and a total of 59 tea beverage products have failed safety standards nationwide as of May 21.

Due to the rapid expansion of tea beverage scare in recent months, authorities have begun conducting an extensive inspection of beverage chains since April, according to TFDA senior specialist Wang Te-yuan.

So far authorities have taken 831 beverage samples, of which 679 have been inspected. Among these, 59 beverages have been discovered to contain excessive pesticide residues, while another supplier came forth and proclaimed that one of their beverages is tainted. The 59 beverages have been removed from shelves as requested by the TFDA.

After the announcement of four new tainted beverage brands by health authorities in Pingtung County and Chiayi City, the percentage of beverages failing safety regulations now stand at 8.69 percent, Wang said.

The four tainted beverage brands include Pingtung County’s green tea from Juice Fruit, rose leaves from Hsin-Yuan Hsian, Chiayi’s herbal mints from Hsin Fu Ben, and obako leaves from herbalist Sheng An Tung Herbal Shop.

According to local health authorities, companies using these tainted leaves in food sources may face fines of between NT$60,000 to NT$200 million.

Updated : 2021-09-24 15:08 GMT+08:00