Japan firm recalls 400,000 packages of China Oolong tea on pesticide fears
TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese food company Ito En on Tuesday issued a huge recall of Chinese-grown tea after some of it was found to contain illegal levels of pesticide residue.
The firm said it was recalling about 400,000 packages of Oolong tea after spot testing revealed pesticide residue levels above Japanese food safety limits.
Ito En said it started testing the tea from China's southern Fujian province after another Japanese teamaker announced last month it had found similarly high pesticide levels in its China-sourced tea.
"We found the higher levels of pesticide residue after conducting voluntary tests following another company's announcement about Oolong teabags," an Ito En spokesman told AFP.