Download the mobile application Download the mobile application Download the mobile application
go to:

CAFIA detained consignment of Japanese Bancha tea with unauthorised pesticide


The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) ordered importer and distributor of tea – company COUNTRY LIFE s.r.o., Nenačovice 87, 266 01 to immediately withdraw non-compliant lots of loose tea HIRA BANCHA / Čaj Bancha sypaný, packaged à 100 g, best before dates by 17th  June 2018 and 20th  January 2019, supplier: MUSO Co. Ltd., 3-7-22, NISHITENMA, KITA-KU, OSAKA 530-0047, Japan from all his customers and all his branches.

A laboratory analysis carried out by CAFIA detected presence of pesticide dinotefuran in amount c. fivefold higher that the maximum permissible amount. 250 kg of the tea in question from Japan with best before date by 17th June 2018 had been purchased and already sold to customers who have returned 4.3 kg so far. As regards the lot with best before date by 20th January 2019, the operator had sold 78.9 kg and the customers have returned 6.4 kg so far.

The total size of non-compliant lots – with regard to the typical dosage – presents dozens thousands of tea dosages.

Based on the detection mentioned above, CAFIA inspectors ordered company COUNTRY LIFE s.r.o. not only to withdraw the non-compliant lots of teas from retail network but also to carry out a multiresidue analysis (an analysis focused on the presence of more sorts of pesticides) on his own expenses at further lots originating from the same Japanese supplier.

Detection of unauthorised concentrations of pesticides in loose teas from Japan is rather rare, CAFIA recently detects this deficiency in teas from China, see for example press release of 21st April 2017, 22nd July 2016 or 2nd April 2016.

CAFIA will initiate an administrative procedure on imposition of a fine with the inspected person.


Article by: Pavel Kopřiva, CAFIA Spokesperson

29th June 2017