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Changes affecting 253 different kinds of domestic agricultural products
Taiwan changes permissible pesticide levelsLast month, several shipments of blueberries and strawberries that Taiwan's retailers were planning to import were seized because they contained pesticide residues in excess of permitted levels. The customs inspectors found that several blueberry shipments from Chile had a phosmet concentration of 0.05 parts per million (ppm). In Taiwan, there is zero tolerance for this pesticide, according to the FDA. A shipment of strawberries imported from South Korea had a flufenoxuron concentration of 0.08 ppm. All products were returned or destroyed, in accordance with regulations.
However, fresh fruit and veg produced domestically in Taiwan will be assessed under new standards for pesticide residue. This was concluded after a review by The Ministry of Health and Welfare, alongside the Executive Yuan Committee of Agriculture. New regulations will affect 253 agricultural products, including fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and fish.
Updates to the regulation of pesticides on imported products will be handled by the Department of Food and Drug Administration.
Publication date: 1/24/2018
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