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China has halted canned mushroom exports

Chinese Inspection and Quarantine Services are reported to have banned all exports of canned mushrooms to the US after a number of shipments were rejected due to pesticide contamination. Dutch mushroom canners have seen a distinct uptick in business as a consequence, but there are concerns that some buyers have simply been put off canned mushrooms, regardless of origin.

Throughout September, the US refused ten shipments of canned mushrooms from China, all on grounds of pesticide contamination. China has now stopped all exports of canned mushrooms to the US until the problems can be resolved. “The China Inspection and Quarantine Services are investigating and consulting with the factories and farmers, but it is very difficult to control,” the exporter said. A European trader thought the ban could take some time to overcome, stating that new inspections usually come after a year or two. However, the Chinese exporter was more optimistic: “For the new crop we will find a way, though. The big packers have integrated production.”


Authorities                                                                                                                                           Given China’s poor reputation for food safety, it seems likely that the CIQ will err on the side of caution, to avoid further bad press. The trader thought the Chinese authorities would want to wait until they were very sure their produce was free from contamination before allowing shipment again to maintain trust in their rulings. “One thing you can be sure of is that any mushrooms still to come out of China will be of the best possible quality, because they will be so careful and thorough,” he said. It is not clear how widespread the problem is. One Dutch supplier said: “There are probably a lot of good guys and one or two cowboys who ruin it for everyone else.” A Chinese exporter added: “My customers have had problems with several canneries. Some people have had two containers rejected.”  The European trader commented that the problem was specific to third-quality pieces and stems, which had been preserved in salt and packed later, because US clients tend to want year-round shipping. The US has a zero-tolerance policy on pesticide contamination. China is not the only country having problems. In July, several containers of canned mushrooms produced by the Indian company, Agro Dutch, were rejected by the US after they were found to contain traces of carbendazim.


Netherlands                                                                                                                                  Given the problems with pesticides, Dutch companies present an attractive option – since they produce their own compost and grow indoors, they do not use pesticides at all. At SIAL, a Dutch contact reported that customers had been making big deals with him as a result of the problems elsewhere, but was concerned that the overall reputation of canned mushrooms would suffer. Despite the obstacles to trade with China and India, the Dutch contact was not planning to raise his prices, since mushroom canners there are looking to gain market share in the US. He did not comment on specifics, but said that prices are likely to be “similar to last year”, and that Eurozone producers are likely to keep profiting from the euro-dollar exchange rate.Ca nned mushrooms are not the only product to have sounded the alarm bells. Dried mushrooms from China are subject to an import alert on the grounds that such a high proportion of shipments in the past have failed to meet sanitary standards.

Source: Amy Booth for Foodnews

12 reactions

peter - 2016-01-31 17:49:44
I will not eat any foods that I discovered were produced in China after I once bought some canned Chinese mushroooms that tasted and smelled like gasoline. If China wants the U.S. market back for shrooms they need to find a way--maybe a you tube documentary--to assure Americans that their fruits and vegetables are safe. Is DDT still used in China? What about the human feces question that another commentator asked? I know that human feces were widely use for fertilizer in India decades ago.

Mahtab - 2015-12-13 02:25:50
We produce our mushroom in Dutch built Air-conditioned growing farms with compost imported from Holland. Our farm and canning plant are located in Bangladesh. Anybody interested can contact me as we are in a position to commit our whole production. We are a London based company.

Lee - 2015-01-02 20:33:19
The economics for mushroom producers is: 1. Can I sell it, 2. Can I transport it, 3. Is it good for the consumer. Unfortunately, producing a healthy product is only number 3.

Dave - 2014-10-19 17:29:46
We do not buy any produce or food products made or imported into Canada other than fruits and vegetables grown in the Americas. Never from China

ankit - 2014-08-14 13:38:46
If anyone likes to buy the dry button mushroom powder and genoderma from India then please contact at Also please send us the price and quantity at which you will be willing to purchase.

mantosh - 2014-02-23 07:54:04
to use pesticide in mushroom industry is very bad thing because mushroom having very strong faith in nutrition as well as in health. i am also cultivating oyster and button mushroom by fully organic and hygienic method with inspection of senior scientist. if any like to purchase then please mail me on email-

Sanjiv - 2014-01-08 20:19:02
Mushrooms Grown and Packed by Himalya International in India are almost organic. There is no chemical or pesticide issue. Himalya packs a Great product

Trish - 2013-07-09 20:16:00
I have heard that Chinese mushrooms are grown in human this a fact?

crispy - 2013-04-27 20:52:58
I also have a crispy mushroom businesses located in Indonesia. if you interest to try.? visit for view my portfolio

jesse - 2013-04-21 13:08:53
here,china growing mushroom with a advance automatic prodution line without much people,this techology was most favored by grower,certainly i would share it with you ,if you have interesting in it,just contact with me

sandeep - 2013-01-09 11:47:14
Why Indian mushrooms were overlooked. Indian companies have good reputation

Michael - 2012-12-18 19:04:27
I have stopped to buy Chinese canned foods for a couple of years now,I also do not buy garlic or any foods from China.I use fresh mushrooms from canadian growers and grow my own organic garlic.We have to follow a trend of buying local and go green.