The China Post
Date: April 16, 2015
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署) will soon launch a
comprehensive inspection of beverage chains to address consumers’ concerns about the presence of pesticide residues in their drinks, the agency announced Wednesday.
Beverage chains will be fined between NT$60,000 and NT$200 million (US$1,920-US$6.4 million) and brought to justice if they are found to have violated the Standards for Pesticide Residue Limits in Foods, FDA Director-General Chiang Yu-mei (姜郁美) told reporters before a hearing of the Legislature’s environmental hygiene committee.
FDA Southern Center Deputy Director Liu Fang-ming said the administration inspected 7,231 agricultural products on the market over the last three years, including 363 herbal teas, but none of them were found to contain the insecticide DDT.
The move was announced after a rose tea drink sold at a well-known tea store chain was withdrawn when the tea was found to contain traces of DDT, an insecticide long-banned because of the damage it causes to the environment. [FULL STORY]