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Rice recalled on pesticide concerns

PLAYING SAFE:The percentage of rice with pesticide residues found on the shelves was low, but King-Town nevertheless recalled about 120 tonnes of tainted rice

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter, with CNA

Tsai Shu-chen (蔡淑貞), a DOH section chief in charge of food safety, said her department mainly checks whether farm produce contains heavy metals and mycotoxins.

“In the future, we will include pesticide residues in our tests,” she said.

King-Town Co is a leading brand in the long-grain-rice market, but accounts for only about 10 percent of total domestic rice sales, according to the Chinese-language Apple Daily.

The recall of contaminated King-Town rice is not expected to affect the domestic rice supply or rice prices because of its relatively limited market share, the paper said, citing market sources.

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