Popular Moon Festival foods found to be below food safety standards

  • 14 September, 2020
  • Leslie Liao
A few popular Moon Festival items are not passing inspections

With the Moon Festival coming up in Taiwan in two weeks, people are getting ready to celebrate! Barbecued meats, moon cakes, and pomeloes are among the more popular foods consumed during the holiday. However, some products on the market are not up to food safety standards in Taiwan.  

It’s that time of the year again! The smell of barbecue and the undeniable allure of mooncakes means that the Moon Festival is, once again, upon us. However, inspections by the Taipei City Government have found that some popular Moon Festival items are falling short of food safety standards. 

One brand of rambutan—a popular tropical fruit commonly eaten during the Moon Festival—has been found to have excessive levels of pesticide residue. These sausages that come with the rambutans as part of a barbecue bundle contain the preservative sorbic acid. Though levels are within acceptable levels, the inclusion of sorbic acid wasn’t printed on the ingredients list. 

The company responsible for selling the food products is likely to be fined anywhere between NT$60,000 and NT$200 million (about US$2,000 to US$6.8 million).

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