China releases pesticide inspection figures
Agricultural departments across China dispatched some 200,000 enforcement officers who inspected 180,000 pesticide businesses in the first half of this year, reports the Chinese newswire, China Chemical News. The officers registered 5,040 legal cases and seized over 460 tonnes of fake pesticides. The inspections were overseen by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture's department of crop farming administration. The department also plans to carry out 5,200 random inspections of pesticide products across the country this year. By the end of June, some 1,641 products had been randomly tested, of which 88.2% met quality standards, and 81.9% met labelling specifications.