Yesterday, we reported Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration having detected traces of pesticides in 800 boxes of US apples.
Today there came in reports that large shipments of apples, raisins and kiwi fruit from the US, blueberries from Chile and garlic from Argentina were all recently seized at Taiwan's border because they were found to contain excessive levels of pesticides and other regulated contaminants. The products were among 20 items included in the FDA's weekly report on imported shipments confiscated for food safety violations.
The report states that an 11,975-kilogram shipment of Ambrosia apples from the US, imported by Costco Taiwan, was seized due to excessive levels of the insecticide cyantraniliprole. Meanwhile, the FDA said, 6,120 kg of Sunview raisins from the US were confiscated after they were found to contain prohibited amounts of sulfur dioxide, a fungicide that is applied to grapes.
Among the other items cited in the report, 11,700 kg of blueberries from Chile exported by Collipulli Red Soil S.A., were seized by the FDA for excessive cyantraniliprole levels.