A Greenpeace investigation has found pesticides banned for use on tea
in the products marketed by some of China’s top tea companies. Some of
the firms, which include China Tea, Tenfu Tea and China Tea King, export
tea products to Japan, the U.S. and Europe.
In December 2011 and January 2012, Greenpeace bought 18 tea products
from nine tea companies in China. The tea products, including green tea,
oolong tea and jasmine tea, were purchased from stores located in
Beijing, Chengdu and Haikou. The prices were between RMB120 (about 19
U.S. Dollars) and RMB2000 (about 318 U.S. Dollars) per kilogram.
“Seven of those firms are among China’s Top 10 tea sellers, and they
are all selling tea tainted with banned pesticides. It’s a huge
embarrassment for China’s tea industry,” said Wang Jing, Greenpeace Food
and Agriculture campaigner.