More than a third of organic food samples tested in Hong Kong contained excessive pesticide levels and 13 percent contained heavy metals, a new Consumer Council survey revealed. While Hong Kong lacks definitive laws governing the use of organic labels in foods, imported mainland vegetables marketed under organic labels had pesticide residues three times allowable limits, the study showed…Full Article: China Daily Mar 2016

Key Point

  • Mainland Chinese consumers can reportedly verify the authenticity of organic food brands via http://food.cnca.cn/

ChinaAg Comments

  • In June 2015, China announced it would construct 80 “eco-friendly” vegetable plots in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei in accordance with the quality control standards of Beijing. These standards primarily focus on limiting the use of pesticides.
  • 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 late 2013, China announced it would halt agricultural production on ~3.33 million hectares of land owing to soil pollution (e.g. heavy metals, pesticides, and additives).
  • 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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