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Taiwan finds pesticides in U.S. cereals

Taiwan finds pesticides in U.S. cereals

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it had found excessive levels of pesticides in ten types of breakfast cereals for sale in Taiwan, including at least one brand from the United States and from Australia.
The FDA, a unit of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, conducted tests on 36 cereal products and found glyphosate in ten of them. The chemical is a weed killer which has been blamed for causing birth defects in animals and is reportedly under consideration for a ban by the European Union.
Levels ranging from 0.1 to 1.8 parts per million were found in the cereals, the FDA said. The official allowable maximum limit is 0.1 ppm. According to experts quoted in the Taiwanese media, an adult weighing 60 kilos would have to eat 10 kilograms of the affected cereal within a day to show any effects.
The Council of Agriculture allows the use of glyphosate in the cultivation of rice, oranges, grapes, sugar cane, tea and bananas, reports said.
A total of 62,000 kilos of cereals were ordered removed from store shelves, the FDA said, including a cereal product from U.S. producer Quaker Oats sold by major supermarket chains in Taiwan.
The company’s local representative however said that the cereal affected was not one of its local products, but had been directly imported from the U.S.


Updated : 2021-06-23 02:04 GMT+08:00