Food items stopped at border for high pesticide levels

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 23, 2020
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Coffee beans from Japan’s Kaldi Coffee Farm are displayed as the Food and Drug Administration announces at a news conference in Taipei yesterday that the pesticide residue in the coffee beans failed to meet Taiwan’s standards.
Photo: CNA

Several imported food items, including tea and coffee beans, were recently blocked at the border after they were found to contain excessive pesticide residue and other contaminants, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday.

The 23 items that failed inspection included a 3kg shipment of green tea powder from Japan, branded as matcha, which was imported by Taipei-based Sunrise Logistics Co, the FDA said.

The tea was found to contain 0.08 parts per million (ppm) of the insecticide thiacloprid, it said, adding that the maximum allowed residue level is 0.05 ppm.

Another tea product, Jonetsu Kakaku green tea leaves, also imported from Japan by the same company, was found to contain residue of the pesticide flubendiamide, which is banned in Taiwan, the FDA said.    [FULL  STORY]

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