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High pesticide levels in local chrysanthemum tea

TAIPEI--Most of the dried chrysanthemum tea checked recently in Taipei and New Taipei were found to contain excessive levels of pesticide residue, results of a survey released Saturday showed.

Among the nine samples of chrysanthemum tea checked in July by the Consumers' Foundation, eight contained overly high amounts of pesticide, according to a survey on 20 dried herbal tea products sold in Chinese medicine stores, food shops, markets and on the Internet.

Suppliers of tea with excessive levels of pesticide residue violate the Act Governing Food Sanitation and face a fine ranging from NT$60,000 (US$2,049) to NT$6 million. Serious offenders may be ordered to shut down their business, the foundation said.

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