Last week Greenpeace campaigners in Hong Kong published testing results from some of Hong Kong's biggest supermarkets and found illegal pesticides and mixed pesticide use on many fresh produce samples. With Mainland China a major supplier for the city's fruits and vegetables, our campaigners are placing the responsibility on cross-border governments to work together towards reducing use of pesticides at the source, plus implementing a system to monitor the use of pesticides.
The scandal was covered on the South China Morning Post:
Almost every vegetable sample taken from major supermarket outlets in a recent survey contained pesticides - in one case seven times over the safety limit - Greenpeace said yesterday.
Eleven of the 12 samples taken from ParknShop, Wellcome and Jusco in February contained residues of various types of pesticides.
At Jusco's Lai Chi Kok outlet, a long yard bean sample had traces of 12 pesticides. They included the carcinogen chlorpyrifos, at a level seven times above the international standard set by the UN's Codex Alimentarius Commission. A green Chinese cabbage also contained the chemical, at slightly over the international standard. Jusco said it removed stocks of the two vegetables from its shelves yesterday and would conduct further tests. Consumers could ask for refunds at any of their stores.
At ParknShop's Metro City Plaza store, a flowering Chinese cabbage was carrying residues of up to seven types of pesticide, including fipronil, a pesticide banned on the mainland. Fipronil remains in the environment for a long time, contaminating soil and water. It can potentially increase cancer risk and damage human organs.
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