Vietnam turns away 500 tons of toxic Chinese fruit

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Traders wait amongst baskets containing fresh produce on sale at a wholesale market in downtown Hanoi. Photo credit: AFP Traders wait amongst baskets containing fresh produce on sale at a wholesale market in downtown Hanoi. Photo credit: AFP

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Vietnamese food inspectors have flagged nearly 500 tons of Chinese fruits and vegetables bound for local consumers citing an excess of pesticides and preservatives.
The limes, grapes, peaches, apples, white radishes, tangerines, carrots and oranges, were all turned away by the National Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries Quality Assurance Department, news website Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon (Saigon Times) reported.
The body said that, since last October, at least 17 Chinese fruit shipments were found to contain pesticide levels many times the allowable amount.
The toxic produce came from Guangxi, Shanghai and Yunnan, and totaled 485 tons.
Tangerines from Guangxi were found to contain 27.73 milligram of propargite (a mite-killer) per kilogram, or nine times the Vietnamese limit.
The fungicide carbendazim was found to be 15 times the permitted rate of 0.2 milligram per kilo on a shipment of Guangxi carrots.
The inspectors said they asked the Chinese authorities to take back the shipments and investigate their origins.
Vietnam Customs said the country imported nearly US$30 million worth of fruits and vegetables from China during the first quarter this year, and exported more than $90.5 million to the market.

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