China to increase its inspection level on imported Taiwan pineapples

As of May 20, Taiwan will have a new president on board, and this change of political power structure has led to the uncertainty in cross-strait relations. According to the report of Chinese language United Daily News on May 19th, Taiwan's agricultural exports to China has shown signs of slowing down.

Mr. Wu, a pineapple trader from Yunlin County, says that Chinese authorities seem to have increased the standards of pesticides residuals on imported Taiwan pineapples.

He claimed that over 100 tons of Taiwan pineapples were rejected to enter Mainland China territory due to the high level of pesticide residue. He added that, in the past, Chinese customers only irregularly checked the imported Taiwan pineapples, but now they implement one by one inspection standards on imported Taiwan pineapples.

Some said that this increased level of inspections have something to do with the change of government in Taiwan, while others believe that the rejection was purely caused by the high pesticide residue among the imported Taiwan pineapples to Ximen city. "There are many different rumors everywhere," he added.

It is known that Taiwan sells about 3,500 tons of pineapple per year to China, with a revenue of 10,719,623 USD dollars.

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