Taipei--Random border checks by Taiwan's health authorities in 2016 found 915 imported shipments of food and other related items that did not pass inspection, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday.
The FDA said it randomly inspected 52,725 of 675,018 import shipments at the border in 2016, and 915 shipments, or 1.74 percent, had problems.
That percentage was lower than the 1.9 percent of total shipments being held back seen in 2015, it said.
Chiu Hsiu-yi (???), director of the FDA's Northern Center for Regional Administration, said most of the problem products were vegetables, fruits, spices and Chinese wolfberries, as well as food containers.
The items that did not meet FDA standards were all returned or destroyed, Chiu said.
According to FDA information, the subpar vegetable products included imports of the herb shiso (perilla frutescens) from Japan, which were found to contain pesticide residue, and onions from the United States, found to contain traces of heavy metals.
Other products that did not pass muster included imports of mandarin oranges from Japan, Sichuan peppercorns from China, lime leaves and lemon leaves from Thailand, and Chinese wolfberries from China, which were all found to contain pesticide residue, according to the FDA.
As for food related containers, the FDA said that most of the problem products were plastic sports water bottles from China, whose heat-resistant features were questionable.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel