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Unilever recalls and destroys Lipton toxic tea

(China Daily)

09:27, November 11, 2011

Lipton Tieguanyin

BEIJING - The consumer product giant Unilever said on Thursday that it had recalled and destroyed a batch of Lipton tea bags - one of its branded products - in response to the charge that they contained impurities. It said the product was taken off shelves in August, after an official spot check found it contained excessive residues from heavy metals.

"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.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine published the result of a national spot check scanning 37 types of products, including food, agricultural and industrial production materials, on its website on Wednesday. The inspection of tea, which started in July, found 19 of the 58 product samples failed the national standard, especially for the residual amount of rare earth they contained.

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