Tainted tea leaves scare in Taiwan continues

Tainted tea leaves scare in Taiwan continues
Black tea from Ceylon

TAIPEI - The Stornaway tainted tea leaves scare continues to unravel, with the Taoyuan Public Health Department announcing yesterday that officials had found traces of fipronil that exceed standard amounts in Asia East Tea's HT black tea.

Following the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) statement on investigating imported tea in Taiwan, the Asia East Tea and Stornaway's exclusive tea and black tea beverages were found to be the newest additions to the scandal.

Investigations of which beverage stores had bought tainted tea leaves from the enterprise are still underway, officials said. Stornaway's exclusive tea and black tea had been recalled from stores and cease distribution.

HT black tea was among the six Asia East Tea products that revealed an exceeding level of fipronil, and officials report confiscating 4,200 kilograms of leaves.

The other five tea products from Asia East Tea, which are Sha black tea from India, pu'er tea and oolong from Vietnam, black tea from Ceylon, and sencha were also under examination.

According to health officials, the Asia East Tea had supplied Da-tung Tea House, which was Stornaway's source of tea leaves.

Investigations revealed that the Asia East Tea had bought 33 bags of tea leaves from Sung Meng Tea, and supplied Da-tung 15 bags between March and April.

800 kilograms were confiscated by officials and sent for testing.

The health department reported that only 18 bags of tea leaves (around 647 kilograms) remained in Asia East Tea's inventory, and ordered the company to cease selling of the tea leaves until further test results are available.

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