Date: Oct 5, 2015
STORM IN A TEACUP: TWG officials said that tests are expensive and impossible to do
for every one of the 300 pesticides in existence. Still, TWG Tea is working with the Taiwanese authorities on the issue.
Hong Kong media were in a flap this week over excessive pesticide residue found in a batch of TWG Tea sent to Taiwan, but the issue is overblown, said the luxury tea retailer on Friday evening.
Maranda Barnes, director of communications and business development at TWG Tea, told The Business Times that different markets have different tests that incoming agricultural products are put through, and the batch had passed tests in Singapore.
“Every year, we send 800 types of tea to Taiwan with no issues,” she said.
In a Sept 29 notice, Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration said that it had found excessive levels of pesticide residues in a 25kg batch of TWG Tea’s “Chamomile Green Tea” exported from India. [FULL STORY]