Resist the temptation to reach out for Lipton Tieguanyin the next time you see it along supermarket aisles.
Lipton, the most prominent brand to be named by China’s top quality watchdog among the 19 tea labels found to contain excessive rare earth content yesterday, has scrambled to action, recalling and destroying one batch of its product from supermarket shelves:
“We recalled and destroyed all the products of that batch in August,” Unilever said in a statement sent to China Daily. The company received a disqualification notice from the country’s top quality watchdog on Aug 5.
“We also screened other products and raw materials, and haven’t found other batches with the same problem,” reads the statement.
“Now all Lipton’s Tieguanyin tea products are in line with national standards,” said Zheng Tianhui, a communication officer at Unilever China.
One Chongqing resident also said to China Daily, “I think the Chinese quality watchdog should also be held responsible. Foreign brands can show integrity in other countries, but keep collapsing, leading to scandals, in China.”
We couldn’t have said it any better.
The Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision, in a similar test conducted earlier of the tea products found “no rare-earth content or other problems”. Ditto in their test for milk powder products. They have been keeping very quiet since yesterday’s report came out.
Shanghai residents should be enraged by this and demand that the local government investigate the SBQTS for corruption immediately. They don’t deserve anything less.
Lots more cancer-causing stuff here. Eat your heart out.