A stricter standard on pesticide residue for farm produce in China will take effect on Friday [1 August 2014]. The new standard includes 3,650 indices detailing the maximum allowable residue [MRL] for 387 pesticides on 284 types of food, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Health and Family Planning Commission, which jointly issued the standard. Compared with the current standard that took effect in 2012, the new standard contains 1,357 new indices covering 65 new pesticides and 43 new types of food…Full Article: China Daily July 2014

Key Points

  • The new standards will cover juice and preserved fruits for the first time ever, in addition to vegetables, fruits, grain, edible oil, sugar, soft drinks, nuts, eggs, and meat.
  • In 2012, apple producers in Shandong province were accused of wrapping apples in pesticide-coated paper to maintain its appearance.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In May 2013, farmers in Shandong province were found to be using an illegal and highly toxic pesticide to grow ginger. One result was that Vietnam stepped up ginger inspections even though it does not undergo food safety tests since import volumes are generally so low.
  • In 2012, aldicarb (used to control nematodes and insect pests) was suspected in the deaths of 13 people in Anhui province after they reportedly ate cucumbers laced with the pesticide.

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