The pineapple core rot that was recently found among Taiwanese exports to Singapore and Japan was caused by poor temperature control in the supply chain. Earlier this week, the government introduced measures to prevent it from happening again, said Council of Agriculture chief Chen Chi-chung.
The council has reached out to consumers in Singapore and Japan, also contacting Taiwanese businesses and nationals abroad, to assure them that overseas buyers will be given fresh pineapples if they have purchased fruit with core rot. Also, the council has met with pineapple growers, packagers and traders to remind them that temperatures during the export process should be kept between 11 and 15oCelsius, ideally at 13oC.
NTUC FairPrice, a supermarket chain in Singapore, said Saturday that it had removed all Taiwanese pineapples from its store shelves following complaints by consumers of core rot in the fruit.