Brazilian mushrooms contain excess heavy metals: survey

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/02/2020
By: Yang Shu-min and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) A majority of dried Brazilian mushrooms being sold in Taiwan and randomly selected for testing were found to contain higher than permitted levels of lead and cadmium, the Consumers' Foundation said Monday.

The foundation took samples of 25 types of mushrooms, including 13 dried Chinese mushrooms and 12 dried Brazilian mushrooms, from retail outlets and online shops for testing and label inspections, said Ling Young-chien (凌永健), the foundation's head of product testing.

Of the 12 packs of Brazilian mushrooms that were tested, nine contained excessive levels of heavy metals, Ling said.

All nine had cadmium levels higher than the 2mg/kg permitted and one of the nine contained more than the allowed 3mg/kg of lead, according to the foundation's data.    [FULL  STORY]

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