By: Lilian Wu
Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) The Agriculture and Food Agency said Saturday that it has tracked
down the rice grown in fields contaminated by slag dumped by a waste treatment company and that the rice harvested from the farmland beside a river in Tainan’s Xuejia District has not made its way into the market.
It noted that the harvested rice was first sent to a drying plant and later to a milling plant in Chiayi County, where a check of the milling plant’s warehouses found more than 200,000 tons of suspect rice.
To ensure food safety for consumers, the agency said that all the bagged rice has been sealed and it is certain that none of it has made its way into the market.
The agency will also conduct random tests on the rice to see if it contains heavy metals. The results of the tests will be unveiled Aug. 18. [FULL STORY]