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Hawaii Health Department orders Malathion-tainted basil destroyed

The state ordered Thai basil grown in Waianae destroyed because of pesticide violations. Image courtesy: Risacher via Wikimedia Commons The state ordered Thai basil grown in Waianae destroyed because of pesticide violations. Image courtesy: Risacher via Wikimedia Commons
WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Some 5,000 pounds of Thai basil grown in Waianae have been destroyed because of pesticide violations.

The basil was grown at Wong Hon Hin Inc.’s farm.

State Health Department officials said samples of the basil showed illegal levels of the insecticide Malathion.

Sales of the basil were halted on Sept. 23, following Health Department inspections. The basil was destroyed Sept. 30.

The state said the farm will undergo routine sampling for pesticides over the next three months. The farm may also be required to conduct third party pesticide residue sampling if any future violations occur.

The Health Department conducts routine screening of locally-grown fruits and vegetables to ensure they meet pesticide requirements.

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