Chinese mitten crabs found containing excess dioxins

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Photo courtesy of the Food and Drug Administration

Photo courtesy of the Food and Drug Administration

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) The importers of two shipments of Chinese mitten crabs weighing more than seven metric tons have been ordered to return the crabs to China after they were found to contain excessive levels of dioxins, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday.

The crabs were among a list of 19 substandard food imports that failed border inspections issued by the FDA.

Border inspectors recently found that a shipment of Chinese mitten crabs weighing 3,114 kilograms imported from China by a Taiwanese company had a dioxin concentration of 4.1 picograms per gram (pg/g), exceeding the legal maximum level of 3.5 pg/g.

A second shipment of 4,123 kilograms of crabs imported by another Taiwanese company had a dioxin concentration of 8.8 pg/g, about 150 percent higher than the maximum permitted limit, according to the FDA.

In that same shipment, the concentration of dioxin and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was 12.8 pg/g, nearly double the legal maximum level of 6.5 pg/g.

Another shipment of crabs brought into Taiwan by the second importer was found to contain 3.6 times the legal maximum level of the heavy metal cadmium, the FDA said.

Other items on the FDA list included several batches of strawberry imports from New Zealand and South Korea, which were found to contain higher than permitted amounts of pesticide residue.

All the problematic products were returned or destroyed in accordance with regulations, the FDA said.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Evelyn Kao)
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