As Taiwan is increasing its export of pineapples to Japan due to China's ban, due to high levels of fungicides, the Japanese ordered the removal of 750 boxes of Taiwanese bananas.
However, according to the US Department of Agriculture (CNA), the Agriculture and Food Administration of the Council of Agriculture (AFA) described the case as an isolated incident, which is unlikely to affect overall fruit exports to Japan.
A Japanese company called Wismettac Foods, Inc. announced on March 10 it was recalling Taiwan bananas due to the presence of 0.12 parts per million of the fungicide Pyraclostrobin, or six times the maximum level allowed.
AFA said a discovery of that type of fungicide was extremely rare. Wismettac had told consumers to return Taiwan bananas bought between March 1 and March 3. The Japanese had not sent the fruit back to Taiwan but destroyed them locally, according to AFA.
After a batch of Taiwanese bananas was turned away by a Japanese company on Wednesday (March 10) due to excessive quantities of the fungicide Pyraclostrobin, a toxicologist has suggested people wash bananas and oranges before eating them.
Taiwanese toxicologist suggests washing bananas
Director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology Yen Tsung-hai told reporters on Saturday that Pyraclostrobin is a fungicide with low toxicity that will not cause cancer.