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

Issue Date 21.6.2011
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