Shipments of fresh blueberries and grapes from Japan were seized at Taiwan's border after they were found to contain banned pesticides. A total of 9 kilograms of blueberries were confiscated after sample testing on April 28 and detected flubendiamide, a type of synthetic petrochemical pesticide that is banned in Taiwan from being used on blueberries.
This is the second time in six months that Japanese blueberries have failed the safety inspection, but random tests on the fruit will remain. Meanwhile, a 45-kg shipment of Japanese grapes was found to contain the pesticide cyclaniliprole, also banned in Taiwan from being used on grapes.
Fresh grapes imported from Japan / Image: Taiwan Food and Drug Administration
The shipments will be returned to the country of origin or destroyed, according to the FDA.