Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) A shipment of oats imported from Australia has been returned to its shipper after it was found to contain pesticide residues beyond the legal limit, Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration said Friday.
The 24,000-kg batch of quick oats manufactured by Blue Lake Milling was found to contain 0.11 ppm of fenitrothion, exceeding Taiwan’s allowable level of 0.02 ppm, FDA said.
Yen Tzung-hai (顏宗海), a toxicologist at Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, said fenitrothion is an organophospahate insecticide that is moderately toxic and insoluble in water.
He said the amount of residues detected in the Australian oats in this case was small and he urged the public not to worry.
The importer, Jellico Food Co., said the Australian manufacturer had tested its products for pesticide residues before exporting them and was surprised that the shipment of quick oats failed the tests in Taiwan.
The manufacturer has promised to strengthen the testing and quality control of its products, the company said.