Global Counterfeit Pesticide Problems on the Rise

02/01/2009 02:00:00 AM

Fake product on left; legitimate product on right.

Fake product on left; legitimate product on right.

Solving the Problem
Pesticide producers are dedicating significant human and financial resources to fighting illegal trade and counterfeits. But pesticide producers cannot succeed alone. Those responsible and affected need to lead -- governments, farmers, the food value chain and the plant protection industry. The growing problem urgently requires increased attention and intensified human and financial resources. Pesticides and plant protection products sold and used in Europe are extremely well regulated through EU and national regulations and legislation and as such are thoroughly tested to ensure the maximum safety to farmers, the environment and consumers purchasing and eating fresh produce treated with any pesticide. In the United States, laws and regulations governing pesticides and their use are well-established, serving to protect human and animal health while minimizing impacts on the environment.


Fred Fishel is the UF/IFAS PIO Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Agronomy. E-mail is

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