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Illegal Chinese agchems down in 2010

Some 86.4% of Chinese pesticide products passed the first official national inspection of 2010, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture says. That is an increase of 3.8 percentage points on the first inspection of last year. The Ministry found that 78.9% of pesticide labels met legal requirements, an improvement of 3.7 percentage points on 2009. The figures were revealed at a conference on the inspection and control of high-toxicity pesticides, convened by the Ministry's department of crop farming administration. At the conference, agricultural administrative departments across the country were urged to increase their efforts to crack down on illegal, high-toxicity pesticides and ensure that pesticide production meets legal requirements. Traces of the insecticide, isocarbophos, were found on cowpeas grown in China’s Hainan province earlier this year( Agrow No 589, p 23). That led to industry calls for tighter regulations on pesticide use.

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