Excess levels of pesticide residue have been found in a shipment of 800 boxes of US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Tuesday. The FDA stated said that 11,975 kilograms of Ambrosia apples imported from the US by Costco Taiwan were found to contain 0.06 parts per million of cyantraniliprole, an insecticide used to kill whiteflies, aphids, and fruit worms. The produce has been rejected at the country's border before it could enter the Taiwanese market.
Wang You-mei, a spokesman for Costco Taiwan, said the company will return all 800 boxes of Ambrosia apples to the US. He added that the latest version of Taiwan's Standards for Pesticide Residue Limits in Foods will be provided once again to the supplier.