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    MIIT combat illegal pesticide producers

    2013-03-08 14:44 ZHECHEM
        To carry out the spirit of conference jointly held by nine ministries on special renovation actions on cracking down the counterfeit and shoddy agrochemical products, safeguarding the pesticide market environment, reinforcing pesticide production management measures, banning illegal pesticide producers, protecting interests of farmers and legal producers, standardizing production and operation order, and making farmers get pesticides in time for agricultural production in spring, investigation groups dispatched by MIIT have gone to Jiangsu, Shandong, and Hebei provinces where many pesticide enterprises are located, to find out the implementation situation of the national Pesticide Management Rules and Pesticide Production Management Measures. It is reported these work groups consisting of officers from MIIT, experts from China Crop Protection Industry Association (CCPIA), lawyers, and relevant officers at provincial level. This action mainly aim at producers engaged in acetamiprid, imidaclorprid, chlorothalonil and quinclorac. Acetamiprid is a wide-spectrum insecticide, imidaclorprid a nitroguanidine insecticide that has both contact and long-lasting systemic properties, chlorothalonil a high-efficacy and wide-spectrum fungicide, quinclorac a highly selective auxin herbicide. All these pesticides are in high demand in current season. MIIT recently received several reports saying some enterprises that have not obtained pesticide production approvals are producing too. They not only disrupted the order of pesticide industry and harmed the interest of legal producers, but also polluted environment and escaped government supervision. Spokesmen from MIIT expressed their determination to associate with executive branches to seek punishment for illegal producers. In China, legal producers need to invest millions of yuan in devices for pollution treatment, while the illegal ones do not even follow the production process completely, not alone the environmental requirements. Thus they could sell products at much lower prices, which could attract the irresponsible distributors. To deal with supervisions of executive branches, these dealers would also purchase some commodities from legal companies. As a result, products from legal companies are always brought into trouble. Meanwhile, once the legal ones find out their brands are illegally used, they have to consume extra human and material resources to prove these counterfeit products are not produced by them. Such phenomena especially happens on the hot products like acetamiprid, imidaclorprid etc.