Monitor farmers’ use of pesticides, experts urge

DOUBLE DIP:Tan Tun-tzu said an experiment she did showed that rinsing tea leaves first could remove up to 90 percent of pesticide residue — unless it was DDT

Taipei Times
Date:  May 04, 2015
By: Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

As more tea store chains became embroiled in a pesticide scare, food safety specialists yesterday urged the public to refrain from drinking tea made from a first infusion and demanded the government step up its monitoring of pesticide use in edible products.

“There are about 70 types of environmental hormones. Among them, about 40, including dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane [DDT], dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls and plasticizers, can impede proper hormone function; increase the risk of cancer and birth defects; and cause the feminization of mammals, fish and birds,” Academia Sinica vice president Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) told a forum on battling cancer in Taipei.     [FULL  STORY]

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