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Taiwan Farmer caught passing off fake Vietnamese tea as authentic Taiwanese Oolong.

According to the Taiwan News, a tea producer from Nantou County was caught out after winning second prize in a competition for Taiwanese Tea. The farmer, who had imported Vietnamese tea, mixed it with local oolong tea leaves. Investigators also found instances where he was passing off entire batches of fake Taiwanese high mountain oolong tea as authentic. The problem with fake Taiwanese oolongs is that they are grown in South Asia, with pesticides and herbicides which the Taiwanese government does not want to pass into the food chain. Also, some fake teas have been found to have been mixed with chemicals as means to alter the taste and colour of the tea. The Taiwanese authorities have strict authentication processes which includes batch testing to see if the chemical composition of Taiwanese teas matches those grown in the region. The oolong tea company ONLY sells authentic high mountain oolong teas.

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