BEIJING -- China has discovered a batch of
pistachio nuts imported from the United States were rancid and infested with
white ants, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and
Quarantine said on Tuesday.
The pistachio nuts were discovered by the entry-exit inspection and
quarantine bureau of Guangdong Province on June 2, according to the
The pistachios were found in a 40-foot container with a net weight of
19,958.4 kilograms and had been imported by a company in Zhongshan City of
The cargo, which originated from the US, arrived at Zhongshan port of
Guangdong via Hong Kong, said the administration.
The administration says four packages of pistachios were rancid and gave a
strong odor when local staff opened the container for inspection.
They also found ants in the container.
The local department in charge said it would destroy the goods.
The rancid pistachios would have harmed people's health if they had been
eaten, and the ants could have damages on buildings, houses, trees, and cables
buried underneath the ground, according to officials with the administration.
The administration said it had asked local inspection bureaus to thoroughly
check the quality of pistachio nuts imported from US.
The administration also publicized some other unqualified US-imported food on
the same day, which are three types of capsules and raisins from three US
companies, namely K-Max Health Products Co., CMO Distribution Center of America,
Inc. and Supervalu International Division.
It ordered its local agencies to tighten monitoring on food imported from the
US and advised domestic importers to specify food safety requirements in
contracts to lower trade risks.