Bubble tea raises health concerns

During the first 20 days of 2018, Hanoi Market Watch Force has inspected two huge shipments of bubble tea materials that lacked a certificate of origin. Drinking too much bubble tea can cause health problems. – Photo tuoitre.com.vn The latest case took place was on Monday when the force in collaboration with Hanoi Police investigated the warehouse of Heekcaa Việt Nam Co, Ltd, and found hundreds of unlabeled tea bags and semi-finished products. Half of these bags had been repackaged and stamped with fake “Made in Vietnam” labels, even though their origin was unknown. Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea or boba tea, originated in Taiwan. A typical cup of bubble tea contains a tea base mixed with milk or fruit; chewy tapioca balls called pearls, boba or bubbles; and other toppings such as fruit jelly, pudding or sweetened red beans.Introduced into Vietnam more than a decade ago, bubble tea is an increasingly favorite drink among Vietnamese youngsters. Though its popularity is undeniable, bubble tea has raised several health concerns.A representative of the National Institute for Food Control told Tuổi trẻ (Youth) newspaper that the Government should conduct a massive test on bubble tea quality as students are the main consumers of the product.Hoàng Đại Nghĩa, head of Group 6 under the Hanoi Market Management Force, stressed the serious risks of unqualified food.”It will be hazardous for our children’s health if those drinks contain unclear chemicals,” he said.The raw materials for bubble tea-black tea, milk powder and dried… [Read full story]

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