China to regulate all agchem producers in 2010
The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture aims to bring all of the country's pesticide manufacturers and 80% of its pesticide retailers under its supervisory and regulatory scope in 2010. The Ministry has released figures for its regulatory workload of last year. Some 82.6% of samples of pesticide products used on wheat, vegetables and rice in 2009 passed its national quality inspection tests, and some 85.2% of pesticide labels were up to an acceptable standard. The figures show increases of 11.6 and 17.7 percentage points, respectively, compared with 2008. The Ministry confiscated and destroyed 3,480 tonnes of sub-standard pesticides at a value of Yuan 74.1 million ($10.8 million).