According to incomplete statistics, in the first quarter of 2021, there were a total of 173 unqualified imports of agricultural and food products in Taiwan, involving 31 importing countries. Among them, Japan, Vietnam, India, Indonesia and the United States totaled 105 cases, accounting for about 60.7%of the total.
From the perspective of the types and reasons of unqualified imported products, they mainly involve vegetables and vegetable products (41 cases), fruits and fruit products (38 cases), teas (24 cases), aquatic products (22 cases) and functional foods (13 cases); the reasons for disqualification were mainly concentrated in pesticide residues (107 cases), heavy metals (21 cases), preservatives (11 cases) and norovirus (7 cases).
From the point of view of the origin of unqualified imported products, there are 46 cases in Japan, 21 cases in Vietnam, 13 cases in India, 13 cases in Indonesia, and 12 cases in the United States. Among them, Japanese fruits and fruit products (15 cases), tea (12 cases), and vegetables and vegetable products (8 cases) are disqualified due to pesticide residues. The functional foods (7 cases) also have heavy metal problems. There is a relatively high proportion; the main reason for the unqualified fishery products in Vietnam (8 cases) is norovirus, and the main reasons for the unqualified vegetables and vegetable products (6 cases) are pesticide residues, pollutants and toxins, and heavy metals exceeding the standard.
Compared with the first quarter of 2020, the total number of reported cases of unqualified imported agricultural food products in the first quarter of 2021 has increased by 106%.
From the perspective of the types of unqualified products, the product types are still mainly vegetables and vegetable products, fruits and fruit products, and the number of unqualified cases of some types of foods has increased significantly, such as tea and functional foods;
From the statistical data on the reasons for non-conformity, the number of cases involving excessive pesticide residues due to non-conformity has doubled, while norovirus, pollutants and toxins (sulfur dioxide, aflatoxin), preservatives (hexadienoic acid, Propionic acid) and other reasons that did not meet the standards, the number of cases increased significantly over the same period.