4 tons of Malaysian durians arrive
Four hundred cartons of durians, totally weighing 4 tons, arrived in Shanghai from Malaysia via a green channel of local customs which provides quick on-site quarantine checks.
This is the first time that China has imported durian with shell from Malaysia. Previously, it only imported durian pulp without the outer spiky shell.
Local customs explained that for durian without the shell they only have to check for pathogenic micro-organisms such as salmonella. But with the whole durian, customs officers have to be on the lookout for other bugs as well.
According to regulations, the durians must be frozen for more than an hour in a low-temperature environment of between minus 80 and 110 degrees Centigrade before they are transported to rule out the possibility of hazardous bugs traveling to China with the tropical fruit.