Vietnamese tea not grown in dioxin polluted soil, official

Tea plantation areas in the Central  Highlands province of Lam Dong have not been contaminated with dioxin as per rumors spread by some Taiwanese newspapers and websites, said Deputy Chairman of the Vietnam Tea Association Doan Trong Phuong on November 18.

A tea farm under GlobalGap standards in Bao Lam District, Lam Dong Province (Photo: SGGP)

Mr. Phuong said that the association would work with Taiwanese Tea Association to reject the wrong information, which has badly affected producers of Oolong export tea including 15 Taiwan invested companies.
 
After the rumor was spread, several Oolong tea consignments have been stopped in Taiwan. Those passing customs clearance have faced with difficulties in consumption.
 
Mr. Le Van Minh, director of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department in Lam Dong Province, on the same day said that they have coordinated with related agencies to collect evidences against the rumor.

By Nam Vien – Translated by Hai Mien

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