Authorities Identify Tainted Food Products Ahead of Mid-Autumn Festival

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As Taiwan’s Food and Drug Agency set out to inspect a wide variety of food products ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival later this week, it uncovered more local food that does not meet food safety standards, UDN reported.

In this round of inspections, the FDA found that pesticides on green peppers exceeded twice the legal level. In addition, Taitung farmed tilapia contained 1.8 times the legal level of antibiotics. The products were ordered to be removed from store shelves immediately.

In all, the FDA tested 646 food products, including pork, beef, chicken, sausage, bacon, shrimp, shellfish, and vegetables, which are popular for barbecues during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The agency noted that to ensure safety of produce, residents should wash vegetables and soak them in water for 10-20 minutes before rinsing repeatedly.

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