beecrofter wrote:(quoting Gingko)
It's a fact that China has a lot of problematic food products. It's also a fact that when US media describes problems of Chinese products, the problems are often exaggerated by N times and distorted by X degrees.
I don't deny the sensational aspect of the news media when I consider their motivation to be the provision of a profitable template for adertising sales.
Lead in toys, melamine in milk, poison pet foods, contaminated heparin, tea does bear close watching for pesticide misuse.
I don't think 300,000 Chinese affected by melamine poisoning in milk in 2008 to be an exaggeration. Sanlu Group, to which Jinping sold the milk, knowingly sold 900 tons of toxic products.
And considering recent news the problem still exists , 170 tons of melamine adulterated milk powder were just recalled.
Recent news also indicates what happens to whistle blowers who question authority in China, Tan Zuoren was jailed for 5 years for seeking answers to the over 80,000 fatalities in the Sichuan earthquake which killed many school children.
In short tainted Chinese imports are a serious problem, tea is not exempt, and just because a pesticide is banned does not stop it's use or availability.
Buy your tea from reputable dealers, be suspect of anything even slightly off, and consider third party certification regarding organic production or pesticide residue testing. If tea can be faked for a few yuan in profit so can testing.[/quote]
I don't see any contradiction between what you said and what I said. So I guess, we agree with each other?