The operator of Ten Ren Tea stores in Hong Kong said on Tuesday that black tea ingredients used by its teahouses in the city come from a source different compared to those used in Taiwan.
The Hong Kong branch of the teahouse chain, which runs 11 outlets in the city, said in a statement that it will handle its business in accordance with local regulations, and that it will seek re-inspection of its raw material to ease consumers’ concern, Headline Daily reported.
The assurance to Hong Kong consumers came after Taiwan authorities discovered that the ingredients of a black tea drink made by tea store chain Easy Way contained fipronil, a pesticide, at a level slightly above the legal limit.
According to Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration, the tainted black tea raw material was supplied by Ten Ren Tea Co.
Taiwan’s Department of Health said that the tea leaves it tested were imported by Ten Ren from Vietnam via a third company and were sold to Easy Way in March.
They were used by the Easy Way chain’s 24 branches, it said, adding that the products have been taken off store shelves pending results of the retest.
Ten Ren said a batch of tea leaves that has come into question had passed inspection in December last year. However, the company will seek re-inspection to allay consumer concerns, it said.
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