Ito En recalls Chinese-grown Oolong tea over pesticide

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    papigiulio

    One thing ive learned living in Japan is not to buy any Chinese made products. Especially when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables, don't trust it one bit.

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    paulinusa

    A good thing they are issuing a recall, but consider "the firm had not received any complaints from customers." I doubt consumers would have noticed the pesticides in their tea.

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    Shi Yuehan

    Passing a serious regulated food safety standard should be a number one priority for the Chinese Government. Unfortunately, without this in place, you will feel like you are playing a game of Russian roulette everytime you sit down to eat a meal in China.

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    SushiSake3

    Bass - "I go one step further and try to grow as much veggies as I can."

    Interesting! How and where do you grow?

    I've rented a 5x3 m plot in a local community garden this year - it's been awesome. I've grown 1,600 cherry tomatoes, 45 cucumbers, 50 lettuces and piles and piles of green leaves - all without adding any chemicals, sprays, etc. Wife and I have give away a quarter of it. 

    Even written an article about it and picked up some part-time work as a gardening consultant a couple of months back. :-)

    I'm still picking a bag of greens every couple of days for lunch and dinner salads. The taste is great and I have zero concerns about where the food came from or what's in it.

    Rental is ¥5,000 a year where I live.

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    globalwatcher

    papigiulioDec. 12, 2012 - 08:53AM JST

    One thing ive learned living in Japan is not to buy any Chinese made products. Especially when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables, don't trust it one bit.

    I avoid all food products made in China, period here in US. The packages do not have expiration dates. We are smart consumers, but Chinese here do not seem to care about that.

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    zichi

    A sample of all imported foodstuffs is tested, which is common in most advanced countries.

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    Mocheake

    It's much better to buy homegrown stuff. Buy Fukushima fruits and vegetables! Maybe they can start growing leaves for oolong there too.

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    bass4funk

    @papi

    I go one step further and try to grow as much veggies as I can. I also agree, when it comes to food and buying them from China, it's an absolute, NEVER! The Chinese never get it, with the technology that we have nowadays, poisons and pesticides are very easy to detect and yet, some of these people try to sneak this stuff and pass it to the population. I have a friend that's a high ranking chef and every 2 years he moves to a different country. Before he moved to Japan, he was living in Shanghai and he told me, he almost NEVER ate out and grew his own produce or brought them to Shanghai from his international travels. He warned me, if I ever go to China, you should cook and prepare food yourself instead of going out and taking a chance.

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    globalwatcher

    He warned me, if I ever go to China, you should cook and prepare food yourself instead of going out and taking a chance.

    bass, I was told the same story by Chinese people living in US. They never wash veggies.They use dirty oil for cooking. That's one of the reason why I never want to go there for sightseeing.

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    Pukey2

    It's better to buy homegrown stuff. I get mine from the Fukushima area.

    Yeah, too right! And tea from Shizuoka has always been safe. And I absolutely trust the rice from Fukushima too. They'd never hide anything from us, unlike those across the ocean.

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    minello7

    ???? so the company doesn't test its own products before selling?? Seems to be some China bashing going on here, and you really believe everything the Japanese food companies say about their own products, and their place of origin.??

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    Jack Stern

    As far as I know, all imported food and vegetables go through a rigorous testing process to weed out any harmful chemicals, etc. Some may get through the net but are soon found. It isn't Chinese bashing but the import laws are strict. Many are used as a source of protectionism but I generally believe they are meant to protect the Japanese people. While some companies import things without knowing the product's complete chemistry, those things could happen in any country. Ito En should be commended for its strict examination of its products.

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    Ewan Huzarmy

    Show me

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    Elbuda Mexicano

    Ok, ok, so tea is supposed to be good for you?? I wanna see the "spin" the Chinese will try and put on this one!

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    Mocheake

    It's better to buy homegrown stuff. I get mine from the Fukushima area.

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