The Peach City Health Bureau randomly inspected ingredients related to winter solstice glutinous rice balls and hot pot, and found that one piece of "Jade Girl (Tomato)" had excessive pesticide residues.

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[Reporter Zheng Shuting/Taoyuan Report] Now is the season of winter tonic and eating hot pot, and the winter solstice is coming soon, and people customarily eat glutinous rice balls. The Taoshi Municipal Health Bureau has visited the vegetable and fruit wholesale markets, supermarkets, stores, catering industry, and manufacturing industry within its jurisdiction. And online shopping platform, a total of 168 pieces of various glutinous rice balls, desserts and ingredients, hot pot ingredients, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and aquatic products were sampled and inspected. Among them, 1 piece of Yunu tomato was found to have exceeded the standard of pesticide residues. The source of supply is located in Miaoli County. Follow-up processing by the Health Bureau under the jurisdiction of the source.

The Peach City Health Bureau stated that the inspection items include preservatives, non-legal coloring, maleic acid, microorganisms, hydrogen peroxide, boric acid and its salts, heavy metals, animal drugs and pesticide residues, etc. The results of the random inspection are announced in the Health Bureau The website and the "Press Release" section of the Taoshi Anxin information platform are for public reference.

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However, in the Yunu tomato that failed the sampling test this time, the residual pesticide "Imidacloprid" 0.79 ppm was found to exceed the allowable level (0.5 ppm), which violated the provisions of Article 15, Item 1, Subparagraph 5 of the Food Safety and Sanitation Management Law. According to Article 44 of the same law, a fine ranging from NT$60,000 to NT$200 million can be imposed. The Health Bureau simultaneously ordered the operator to remove the product from the shelves and not sell it.

In addition, to reduce the problem of pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables, source management is the first priority. Farmers should apply pesticides correctly when planting and pay attention to the safe harvest period. Sellers must actively ask for product transaction certificates and upstream business information and keep them properly for at least 5 years. Profit tracing the source of unqualified products.

The Health Bureau reminds that the public should choose reputable merchants, read product and industry information carefully, choose products with complete packaging and clear labels, pay attention to storage methods and expiration dates, and give priority to purchases, regardless of whether they buy food in physical channels or online shopping platforms Seasonal fruits and vegetables should be soaked in clean water before eating, and then washed with running water, which will help to remove residual pesticides. If you have any consumption problems or any disputes, you can call the 0800-285-000 or 1950 consumer service hotline to contact the health department. Bureau or Peach City Consumer Service Center.