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No pesticides found on city waxberries

NO pesticide residue has been found on waxberries on sale in Shanghai, local authorities said yesterday,

This comes after traces of highly toxic pesticides were found on waxberries grown in southeast China's Fujian Province on sale in Cixi City, in neighboring Zhejiang Province.

Waxberries on sale now in Shanghai mostly come from Fujian.

Shanghai's fruit wholesale markets have tested waxberry samples and, to date, no pesticide residue has been uncovered, said Yuan Yaxiang, secretary-general of the Shanghai Fruit Association. "I have never heard of pesticides being used on waxberries," Yuan added.

In late June, the city's major supplier will become Zhejiang Province, as berries there ripen.

The inspection was launched after Cixi industry watchdogs reported residues of eight pesticides were discovered in seven batches of waxberries sold in Cixi markets last Wednesday. Most were insecticides - including highly toxic dichlovos and isocarbophos, said the Cixi Food and Drug Administration.

If not thoroughly washed, the berries can poison humans, it added.


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