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Jan 17, 2012

Counterfeit Pesticides on the Rise in the EU

On 17 January 2012, EurActiv.com reported on Europol warnings that fraudulent pesticides are increasing being sold around the world.  They may account for billions of euros annually and include up to 25% of all pesticide supplies sold in some European countries.

Fraudulent pesticides are counterfeit and produced without regard to established laws and regulations.  They are sold and produced by organized crime groups.  According to Søren Pederse, a spokesman for Europol, these groups are so "well structured and professional that wholesalers are unaware they are buying counterfeit products."  Europol and EurActiv.com speculate that the source of these illegal pesticides may be China or Russia.

Counterfeit pesticides violate safety standards and may include banned chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system that produces hormones. Europol notes that they "threaten the health of farmers and consumers and pose a risk to the natural environment.”  They are being packaged in fraudulent packaging using trademarks from companies such as Syngenta, BASF, DuPont and Dow.

For more see: "Sales of counterfeit pesticides rising in EU," EurActiv.com, 17 Jan. 2012.

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