The country’s top legislature is moving toward much tougher food safety laws on highly toxic pesticides and baby milk formula powders. A draft revision to the Food Safety Law introduces a ban on the use of highly toxic pesticides in the farming of vegetables, fruits, herbs and tea. The law was enacted in 2009 and was put forward for its third reading on Monday [20 April 2015]. On Friday [24 April 2015], the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will vote on the draft, which is likely to be ratified…Full Article: China Daily Apr 2015

Key Points

  • According to China’s Ministry of Agriculture, 12 highly toxic pesticides (e.g. phorate, methomyl, and more) will not be banned.
  • In addition to banning certain pesticides, the draft amendment would force infant milk formula (e.g. milk powder) producers to register with the country’s food and drug agency.

ChinaAg Comments

  • China uses more than 300,000 MTs of pesticides annually.
  • In August 2014, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and the National Health and Family Planning Commission issued new/stricter maximum allowable residue (MRL) standards that covered 387 pesticides on 284 different types of food. The new standards covered 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 June 2014, Vietnam notified China that fruit and vegetable imports from Guangxi, Yunnan and Shanghai contained excessive amounts of pesticide residue.
  • 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.
  • In 2012, apple producers in Shandong province were accused of wrapping apples in pesticide-coated paper to maintain its appearance.

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