China’s crackdown on “toxic ginger” is under way

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A nationwide crackdown on “toxic ginger” is well under way in recent days in China.

Guangdong authority in south China seized 2,000 kilograms of gingers exposed to a highly toxic pesticide on May 8 at Jiangnan Fruit and Vegetable Market in Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong Province.

The pesticide, aldicarb, was found three times above the recommended level. As a result, these gingers have been destroyed.

Hangzhou officials in east China’s Zhejiang Province also impounded 500 kilograms of gingers tainted by aldicarb on May 8.

The tainted ginger, according to the agriculture products monitoring center of Yuhang district, came from Weifang, a major producer in east China’s Shandong Province. All the tainted gingers were sealed.

The Weifang Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau started to inspect the residue of aldicarb, branded as Shennongdan, as early as 2008.

All exported gingers have to go through the test, according to the Chinese law. The test is free for companies that export gingers, as they already paid the test fees when the companies were established.

Gingers for the domestic market are supposed to undergo a quarterly random test, but farmers tend to hesitate as it costs 600 yuan for each sampling.

The director of the Wangjiazhuang subdistrict office in Xiashan District of Weifang, Yu Jingkai, said they would cope with the “toxic ginger” problem through unified management and regulations on ginger farmers.

China Central Television (CCTV) disclosed on May 4 that farmers in Weifang city had been using the pesticide aldicarb to grow gingers.

Just 50 milligrams of the pesticide is enough to kill a person weighing 50kg.

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