The Hanoitimes – Massive quantities of Chinese agricultural products are routinely smuggled into the Vietnamese market, despite repeated warnings of pesticide residues. The produce is often laced with a toxic cocktail of pesticide residues causing leading agricultural experts to raise the alarm that Vietnamese consumers may be unwittingly exposed to hazardous levels of pesticides. The Hanoi-based Long Bien wholesale market, the largest farm produce market in northern Vietnam, imports between 200-300 tonnes of grapes, apples, cabbages, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and onions from China every day. These products are mixed with similar Vietnamese fruits and vegetables in retail markets, making it difficult for consumers to distinguish with the naked eye. Tran Thu Huong, a consumer in Hanoi’s Thanh Xuan district, said that most of the cabbages, tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes available at her nearby markets are imported from China. “My family refuses to buy these products because we are afraid of unsafe food and the plethora of chemicals they contain,” she shared. A recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD) reveals that most markets in Hanoi are selling Chinese fruits and vegetables. Since 2013 the Plant Protection Department (PPD) has found 17 shipments of grapes, lemons,…
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