aldicarb-contaminated gingers were not identified during food safety inspections until theywere marketed across China.Besides, the lack of legal and effective insecticides is another reason for the ginger scandal.Like other minor crops in China, ginger doesn't draw enough attention of agrochemicalenterprises for R&D or registration of applicable corresponding insecticides, as the economicreturn generated from investment in pesticides on minor crops is reckoned to be less than thatin major crops. According to the ICAMA, there's only one valid registration of insecticide for ginger
98% methyl bromide GA
in China as of 13 May, 2013. This is far from enough to fulfillthe demand of controlling ginger insect pests. Along with more and more food safety scandals exposed by media these years, Chineseauthorities would have to tighten its inspection on both pesticide management and food safetyand be more accountable to improve the overall supervision mechanism in the future.Enhancing the ability and efficiency of law enforcement is considered to be primarilyimperative. Meanwhile, boosting the development of eco-friendly pesticides and improvingfarmers' technological knowledge of pesticide application are required in the long run.Furthermore, it is advised that the government should strongly support the pesticideregistration for minor crops, such as providing financial subsidies, just like Zhejiang Provincedid (please refer to Insecticide China News Volume 06 Issue 02 on Page Nine, Water bambooreceives pesticide registration subsidy in Zhejiang Province).Different from China, some of other countries and regions in the world have washed outaldicarb. In 2010, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bayer agreed to carryout an entire ban on aldicarb use in the US: all remaining aldicarb uses will end no later than August 2018, as a new risk assessment conducted by the EPA indicated that aldicarb nolonger met food safety standards. In 2012, both Brazil and Peru repealed the registrations of aldicarb and started to forbid the product for sale.
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