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China to bulldoze illegal pesticides

China said it increased inspections of agriculture products nationwide in an effort to cut the use of banned pesticides and the overuse of animal feed additives and fertilisers.

According to the Vice Minister of Agriculture, Gao Hongbin, ten people have been arrested and nearly a hundred of offending companies have closed since August.

Gao said the ministry was "targeting 100% surveillance of large and medium-sized cities'' in the search for illegal pesticides and feed additives, as China's food chain is contaminated at many levels by the overuse of pesticides and additives. 

The problem aroused international concern this year, even though it has been common for many years. The global concern came when complaints were lodged about tainted Chinese exports, such as farmed fish in which U.S. and when European authorities found high doses of a carcinogenic antibiotic. 

Gao reported that authorities were also "targeting the illegal production, sale and application of five types of pesticides.''  He said the ministry was attaching great importance to agricultural inspections. 

There will also be random checks for pesticide residue in agriculture products. 

Gao added that since the inspection programme was launched last month, ten people have been arrested and 95 companies without appropriate licenses have been shut down while the business licenses of another six companies were revoked.

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