Ractopamine-laced US ham confiscated by customs officers
By Joy Lee ,The China Post
February 20, 2014, 12:20 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Sixteen imported foods, including U.S. ham and French salad dressing, were confiscated by customs inspectors for failing inspection, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday.
During the FDA's weekly meeting, the administration announced the latest list of 16 imported foods that were confiscated by inspectors at the border for containing drugs that are forbidden in food products entering Taiwan.
According to the FDA, the 16 imported food including U.S. ham, salad dressing imported from France, chrysanthemum imported from Japan, Chinese wolfberry imported from mainland China, Korean kimchi and porcino imported from France.
The FDA said that those 16 food products were either returned to the country where the products were from or they were destroyed.
According to the FDA, the U.S. ham that was discovered to contain ractopamine was purchased by Kaohsiung Costco wholesale store, and this is the second consecutive week that the same product failed to pass the ractopamine test.
The FDA said that in the future, if Costco imports the same U.S. ham products, the entire shipment will be inspected 100 percent.
According to the FDA, a salad dressing that was purchased by the Nangang Carrefour store was discovered to contain more than the regulated amount of a particular preservative.
The Chinese wolfberry imported from mainland China and purchased by Vedan Enterprise Corp. was confirmed to contain pesticide residues that exceeded the legal amount, according to the FDA.
The FDA also said that the porcino imported from France, Korean kimchi and chrysanthemum imported from Japan all failed inspections for containing pesticide residues in excess of the regulated amounts.
According to the FDA, green tea imported from Vietnam, U.S. corn and cactus extracts, Indonesian tapioca cake and asparagus imported from Thailand were also confiscated by customs officials for containing more than the legal limit of pesticide residues and preservatives.