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Fungicide found in roselle leaves

Fungicide found in roselle leaves

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The fungicide dimethomorph was found in roselle leaves from Taitung County sold at the Eslite Spectrum Songyan Store in Taipei, reports said Saturday.
The leaves originated from the Chu Lu Ranch in the southeastern Taiwanese county and were immediately taken off shelves, reports said.
The level found by health inspectors in Taipei during tests was 0.13 parts per million, while the legal maximum stands at 0.05 ppm, reports said. Dimethomorph is used to kill molds on plants, and as a wood preservative against mildew and blight, including on tomatoes and potatoes.
The Taitung County health authorities said they had sent inspectors to the Chu Lu Ranch and found 31 packages of the roselle leaves on the premises. Ranch staff said they had planted and grown the roselle themselves, and they provided the inspectors with the necessary documents saying the plants had not been treated with illegal pesticides or illegal levels of other products. Ranch management expressed doubts about the test results from Taipei and were asking for a second round of testing, reports said.
Nevertheless, all the relevant products needed to be removed from store shelves and sent back, the authorities said. It was not immediately known how long the second tests would last.


Updated : 2021-09-27 05:28 GMT+08:00