Taiwan rejects broccoli shipments from Thailand and Vietnam due to contamination

Taipei, June 14 (CNA) Several shipments of broccoli imported from Thailand and Vietnam recently failed customs inspections because they contained excessive levels of heavy metals or pesticide residues, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Tuesday. ) from Taiwan.

In its latest report on substandard food imports, the FDA said a total of 13 shipments were recently rejected by customs.

They included a batch of broccoli from Thailand and two from Vietnam, which exceeded safe levels for heavy metal residues, the FDA said. Another shipment of the same vegetable from Vietnam was found to contain high levels of pesticide residues, the FDA added.

In light of these findings, he said, Taiwan Customs will intensify their checks on food products imported by the four broccoli importers, from a basic 2-10 percent to around 20-50 percent.

Meanwhile, a batch of Hericium erinaceus, locally known as monkey head mushroom, imported from China, was also found to be contaminated with high levels of pesticide residues, the FDA said, adding that it It was the 13th time in six months that occurred with imports of the product from China.

According to the FDA, all substandard food imports, including two batches of tangerines from Japan and a shipment of whole mace blossoms from India, were either returned or destroyed.

(By Shen Pei-yao and Shih Hsiu-chuan)

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