China cracks down on plant growth regulators
China is taking measures to tighten the supervision and usage of plant growth regulators (PGRs). The move follows the illegal use of “swelling agents” on Chinese watermelons causing fruits to burst in some regions last month. The Ministry of Agriculture will launch a nationwide investigation to check whether PGRs have the relevant pesticide registrations, whether product labels conform to registration details, and to ensure product quality. The investigation, set to begin this month, will last for four weeks.