90% of the Pesticide Products are Quality-Compliant in China

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture published on an official circular the first-part of result of quality inspection on pesticide goods. More than 90% the pesticide were quality standard-compliant but approximately 15% of the pesticides were incorrectly labeled.

The inspections were carried out by the subordinates and affiliates from 30 provincial areas by spot- checkings on 1561 items of crops to which the pesticides are applied. The crops ranging from rice, wheat, cotton, soybean, corn, tea plant, fruit to vegetables and the pesticides were examined under standard test methods including GB, HJ.

Qualified rates of the product types and the crops were summarized in the table below:

Product type

Number of sampled

Number of qualified

rate

Insecticide

871

767

88.1%

Fungicide

375

347

92.5%

Herbicide

302

293

97.0%

Crops and the qualified rate of their pesticide products

Crop

Rate

Crop

Rate

Vegetables

91.4%

Wheat

91.1%

Fruit

93.3%

Corn

87.4%

Tea Plant

89.5%

Cotton

87.8%

Rice

89.4%

soybean

84.2%

 

Of all the 141 pieces of unqualified pesticides, most of them were substandard for incorrect contents of the ais. They were found either inadequately or covertly added with the ais. Furthermore, 11 of the unqualified pesticides were detected with high toxic ingredients added. Mislabeled problems were serious with major defects such as: incorrectly marked with the trademarks; incorrectly labeled with the safety entry intervals and toxic identifications; overstatement of the usable ranges; mislabeled with the names, types and contents of the products; fabrications or expirations of the Registration Certifications.
 

The Ministry directed its local branches that the disqualified products shall be traced back to their original producers and the suspect producers shall be seized or punished. In serious circumstances, the permits or certifications of the producers shall be revoked or withdrawn. The MoA also named most suspected 6 producers and 9 distributors and asked the local branches to enhance inspections and supervisions on these companies. If illegal activities were verified the companies will be punished accordingly.

Reference Link

MoA’s Official Circular (in Chinese)

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