Xiamen University

'Some chewy balls made from plastic': Xiamen bubble tea shop apprentice

  Milk Bubble Tea or Pearl Milk Tea, as we know, contains a tea base mixed with fruit (or fruit syrup) and/or milk. However, Su, who has worked in a milk tea store of Xiamen for two years, said, “It consists of various food additives only,” reports Straits Herald. "The small chewy balls in the tea are made of plastic instead of tapioca starch.” he added, “They even used tap water and not pure water in some stores.” According to Su, the total cost for a cup of bubble tea is less than 1 yuan, including cost of labor. “You can make 60 cups of
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