Taipei, May 2 (CNA) A total of 1.5 tons of fruits and vegetables found to contain an illegal amount of pesticide residue in Hualien County have been destroyed, according to the county's Health Bureau Wednesday.
Twelve batches of vegetables and fruits containing excessive pesticide levels that were being sold in supermarkets, restaurants, warehouse stores and retail shops have been destroyed, Hualien County Health Bureau Director Hsu Hsiang-ming said.
Hsu said an overall inspection of vegetable and fruits was conducted between January and April in Hualien, following complaintsmade by environmental and consumer protection groups that a lot of produce being sold nationwide contained high levels of pesticides.
In addition to the bureau's checks on 202 items, Hsu said the Fruits and Vegetables Cooperative Society was also assisting in efforts to enhance inspections on pesticide levels in fresh producein wholesales market.
(By Liu Chia-tai and Ann Chen)