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Majority of organic produce passes random checks
Central News Agency
2012-11-13 11:20 PM
Taipei, Nov. 13 (CNA) The majority of organic produce tested in random checks on food labeling and quality passed the checks, the Agriculture and Food Agency said Tuesday. The pass rates stood at 97 percent and 99 percent on the food labeling and quality tests, respectively, in the checks conducted by the agency from January to September. However, among the 1,590 samples tested for quality, 16 products marketed as organic items were found to contain excessive levels of pesticide residue, said the agency, which falls under the Council of Agriculture. Meanwhile, 77 out of 2,585 items tested for labeling failed to meet labeling standards, the agency said. According to the council, certified organic agricultural produce or organic agricultural processed products should bear an organic agricultural product label in accordance with the law. The council advised consumers to look for the certification number and the Certified Agricultural Standards stamp on the packaging to ensure that they are buying authentic organic goods. The products that failed to meet the standards were taken off shelves and producers face a maximum fine of NT$150,000 (US$5,175), the agency said. (By Huang Chiao-wen and Hanna Liu)
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