Counterfeit pesticides & biopesticides are fake products often produced and packaged to look like the genuine article. The widespread availability of technology needed to produce counterfeit and illegal pesticides, coupled with the lack of enforcement of existing laws and legislative loopholes all contribute to facilitate the trade of counterfeit products.
Counterfeit plant protection products:
- Might contain chemicals that are either banned or restricted in the EU due to the potential risks they may pose to human health and/or the environment.
- Are not authorised for sale by competent pesticide authorities.
- Can lead to a total loss of treated crops, compromising farmer livelihood.
- Contain untested products and undeclared active substances that may result in unacceptable residue levels, making the products unmarketable.
Falsely declared products regularly ignore the international labelling requirements designed to ensure safety during transport. Thus, highly toxic, flammable or otherwise hazardous substances are transported without regard for the safety of people or the environment.
Counterfeit and illegal pesticides & biopesticides damage the reputation of legitimate stakeholders and challenge sustainable agriculture. Additionally, the production, trade and use of counterfeit and illegal plant protection products circumvents EU regulations and deprives Member States of revenue and tax.
The content of counterfeit and illegal pesticides are unknown and have not been evaluated under EU regulatory processes for pesticides. The use of counterfeit and illegal pesticides & biopesticides can pose very real risks to farmers, the environment and the health of crops.