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Food Safety Concerns Prompt Increased Scrutiny of Pesticides and Veterinary Drugs

In view of the continuing prevalence of the illegal production, trade and use of pesticides and certain veterinary drugs, the General Office of the State Council has announced a number of measures designed to further strengthen the oversight of such items. This move is intended to ensure the quality of all relevant edible agricultural products and to boost food safety.

Among the specific measures adopted are the following:

  1. Management of the Production and Trade in Pesticides and Veterinary Drugs
    In this regard, steps are to be taken to prohibit the addition of virulent or highly toxic substances to all pesticides and veterinary drugs.
  2. Random Inspection and Monitoring of Pesticides and Veterinary Drug Residues
    In line with this, all producers and business operators must henceforth ensure their compliance with the maximum limits, as prescribed by the state, with regards to all pesticide and veterinary drug residues in any edible agricultural products they produce or sell.
  3. Management of Edible Agricultural Products from Production Site to Marketplace
    All regional authorities are now required to reinforce their inspection of edible agricultural products at their original production site, while also encouraging producers and business operators to implement the required purchase inspection recording system.

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following link:

Circular of the General Office of the State Council on Further Strengthening the Management of Pesticides and Veterinary Drugs and Ensuring Food Safety (Guo Ban Fa Ming Dian No. 10 [2017])

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