Food Safety Concerns: Japanese Strawberries and Philippine Pineapples Fail Border Inspections

2023-12-26 02:51:05

“Japanese strawberry” is uneasy to eat again! 227 kilograms of Philippine pineapples failed to meet the standards of pesticides and 20,000 kilograms were shipped out of the package13

CNEWS Convergence News Network reporter Chen Junkai/Reporting from Taipei

Strawberry season is here, and there are food safety issues with strawberries imported from Japan! The Food and Drug Administration announced today (26th) the latest wave of border inspection failure lists. Two batches of “fresh strawberries” from Japan were found to be unqualified for pesticide residues. The total weight is 227.4 kilograms and must be returned or destroyed in accordance with regulations. The Food and Drug Administration emphasized that in the past years, imported strawberries from Japan had repeatedly violated regulations due to different pesticides approved for use in Taiwan and Japan. This year, the most stringent “monitoring and inspection” will be implemented to ensure that 100% of the strawberries are inspected batch by batch until the end of the production season in April.

The Food and Drug Administration announced a list of 14 items that failed border inspections this morning, including dried carambola from China, fresh pineapples from the Philippines, white truffles from Italy, and a number of food containers made in China, each of which was found to contain pesticides, Sweeteners and heavy metals failed to meet the standards or failed the dissolution test and were rejected.

Among them, two batches of “fresh strawberries” imported from Japan by Yongquan Fruit Co., Ltd. and Nichidao Trading Co., Ltd. were each detected with 1.2 ppm of pesticide residues submerida, 0.04 ppm of subquinone mite metabolites and 0.13 ppm of pesticide residues flunidine. The ppm is unqualified, and the origins are Fukuoka and Tochigi.

Lin Jinfu, deputy director of the Food and Drug Administration, said that Japan’s strawberry production season starts in November and lasts until March next year. In the past, due to the different pesticides approved for use in the two countries, the violation rate was high. However, after we sent a letter to request improvement, This year, 96 batches have been imported during this production season. There are still occasional cases of unqualified pesticide residues, but currently only 3 batches are unqualified, with a failure rate of more than 3%, which is much better than in previous years.

Lin Jinfu said that the reason for the unqualified detection of Japanese strawberries this time was mainly due to the fact that the use of two pesticides, flunimine and subquinone, was not approved in China. At present, the Food and Drug Administration has adopted the most stringent “monitoring and inspection” for Japanese strawberries. , a comprehensive 100% batch-by-batch inspection will be implemented from June this year to April 30 next year, and improvements will be observed during this period.

In addition, a batch of “fresh pineapples” imported by Changshen Co., Ltd. from the Philippines, weighing 21,510 kilograms, was detected with a pesticide concentration of 0.49 ppm, exceeding the domestic regulatory limit. The quantitative limit for pesticides is 0.01 ppm, which is also required. All items must be returned or destroyed. The source manufacturer is PHILPACK.

“Japanese strawberry” is uneasy to eat again! 227 kilograms of Philippine pineapples failed to meet the standards of pesticides and 20,000 kilograms were shipped out of the package15

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