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Food Alert - Prohibit import and not to consume a plasticiser-tainted tea drink

Issue Date

2011-06-21

Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Tea drink

Product name and Description

Brand and product name: ITAMACHI KING OOLONG Tea Drink
Manufacturer: Fuzhou Jinhe Ecollcil Science and Technology Co, Ltd
Place of origin: China
Count/weight/volume: All count/weight/volume
Batch no.: All batches

Reason For Issuing Alert

Test result indicated that sample of the product contained di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) at a level of 2.9 ppm. DEHP is a plasticiser and has been found to cause damages to liver, kidney, reproduction and development when given to animals in large doses.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

- The CFS has ordered the trade be prohibited, from noon June 22, import and supply of the concerned drink product, and complete the recall within 30 days.
- The CFS has informed the Mainland authority of the test result for appropriate follow-up actions.

Advice to the Trade

- Stop import of the concerned tea drink
- Stop selling the concerned tea drink

Advice to Consumers

- Stop consuming the concerned tea drink

Further Information

The CFS press release


CFS Website: Plasticisers in food

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
2011-06-21

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