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Tea products with excessive packaging ordered off shelves

SOME supermarkets in the city were found selling tea leaves with excessive packaging, and the products have been removed from shelves, the city's quality watchdog said today.

Some outlets of Century Mart, E-Mart, Lotus, NGS and Trust Mart, were involved. The products failed checks for containing too much empty space in the packaging.

The producers, mostly in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, have been ordered to fix the problem. The supermarkets have been asked to stop selling products with unnecessary packaging or they will face a fine of up to 50,000 yuan (US$8,064), the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau said.

A longjing tea product produced by Shanghai Tanlu Tea Co Ltd and sold at Shanghai Jiu Guang Department Store was also found to have excessive packaging.

Of 142 tea leaf products checked, 43 were found with packaging problems.


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