Excessive pesticide residue found in vegetables
By Anna Chang ,Special to The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei City Government, Department of Health (DOH) yesterday announced the results of tests for pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables and said that Irwin mangos, green onions and papayas in Taiwan have been found to contain high levels of pesticide residues.
August 27, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
After conducting pesticide residue tests on fruits and vegetables, the DOH found that Irwin mangos sold in Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store contained an excessive amount of pesticide residue, the DOH said.
According to the test, green onions and papayas purchased from Matsusei Supermarket had pesticide residues exceeding the levels regulated by the Standard for Pesticide Residue Limits in Foods, according to DOH.
The DOH stated that the fruits and vegetables tainted by excessive pesticide residues have violated the Act Governing Food Sanitation which stipulates a fine between NT$60,000 and NT$15 million against such violations.
Qiu Xiu-yi (邱秀儀), the director of the Food and Drug Division, said that they have stopped sellers from selling these products.
In advice for people, Qui suggested consumers thoroughly wash with clean water vegetables and fruits they purchase and soak them in water for 15 to 20 minutes before cooking or eating them raw. Do not put lids on pots when cooking vegetables as this allows pesticide residues to evaporate.