On September 10, Tianjin Consumer Association released a comparative test report on vegetables in 2015. The results showed that among 31 samples of vegetables purchased randomly in three categories: conventional, green food and organic, the detection rate of individual pesticide residues in certified vegetables was higher than that in conventional vegetables. Beijing famous organic vegetable brand "North vegetable garden", "Cui Jing Yuan" and so on.
According to the national standards of organic products, chemical synthetic pesticides and fertilizers are not allowed to be used in organic cultivation, and pesticide residues in organic vegetables are not allowed to be detected.
Further visits by reporters of the Beijing News found that the "organic certification certificate" of the "North Vegetable Garden" had been suspended after the exposure, but the "organic vegetables" were still being sold.
In Nandi Ludu Manor, an organic certified manor in Nanshao Town, Changping, Xinjing News reporters saw a variety of pesticides including dichlorvos, a highly toxic pesticide. Manor staff admitted to using banned chemical pesticides in the production process.
In the process of organic certification, the organic advisory services even provide "risk aversion guidance services" to guide people how to use chemical pesticides without being detected.
The "unqualified organic vegetable pesticides" not only interrogates the credibility of organic certification, but also raises doubts about the supervision of organic planting and production links. Experts said, "we hope that we can get rid of the troubled enterprises through tighter regulation."
"North vegetable garden" is still selling after being stopped organic qualification.
After the exposure of pesticide residues in organic scallions, organic beans and organic cabbage of Beijing Vegetable Garden by Tianjin Consumer Association on September 10, a reporter from Beijing News inquired about the "China Food and Agricultural Products Certification Information System" and found that on September 11, an "organic certificate" of Beijing Beivegetable Garden Agricultural Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. had been suspended. It covers 22 vegetable varieties including pepper, eggplant, tomato, cauliflower, celery, cabbage, brassica, cabbage, winter melon, pumpkin, fresh corn, spinach, etc.
However, on September 22, when a reporter from Beijing News visited Beijing Vegetable Garden Agricultural Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. in Kangzhuang Town, Yanqing County, Beijing, he found that the vegetables picked on that day were still sold as "organic vegetables". The salesman of the company said, "No matter what kind of vegetable is 25 yuan per kilogram", and because it's all organic, it can't bargain. Reporters bought 6 pounds of organic vegetables on the spot, the total price of 150 yuan. The price is much higher than that of ordinary vegetables, some even more than ten times.
On the official website of BeiCaiyuan, purple cabbage, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, eggplant, tomatoes, cauliflower and beans labeled "organic" are still on sale.
It is worth noting that a reward and punishment notice showed in the bulletin board of the production base of Beijing Vegetable Garden by the reporter of the New Beijing News: "On June 16, 2015, in the process of sampling and testing, it was found that A6-104 shed pepper was picked at the interval of medication, and the relevant personnel were especially punished." The head of the Beijing Vegetable Garden Office explained that this "medication" refers to "bio-organic pesticides" and non-chemical pesticides, but at the same time admitted that picking organic pesticides at intervals is also irregular.
Zhang Chunqian, general manager of Beijing Beichuan Agricultural Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd., said in an interview with Beijing News that after the suspension of organic certification, sales of vegetables were not allowed, and the company lost an average of 100,000 yuan a day.
Zhang Chunqian said that he did not agree with the test results published by Tianjin Consumer Association. "Later, the regulatory authorities and third-party organizations have carried out tests, and the results show that the dishes we produce are completely free of problems." Reporters asked to provide "no problem at all" evidence, Zhang Chunqian said, "because the industry involved in a wide range of companies are more cautious, not easy to open."
On September 28, a reporter from the New Beijing News called the manufacturer Dongzhou Fengyuan (Beijing) Organic Agriculture Co., Ltd. and the relevant responsible person also called the supervisory department to carry out the test. None of the pesticide residues were detected. "This matter has a great impact on us. At one time, all the products were off the shelves. Although sales have been restored now, the losses are still very serious."
Beijing News contacted Tianjin Consumption Association, the other side provided a detailed comparative vegetable test report. The residues of 7 pesticides, such as dimethoate, chlorothalonil, fenitrothion and putrescine, were detected. According to Tianjin Xiaoxie, chlorothalonil detected in organic vegetables is a low toxic, broad-spectrum and protective fungicide, which is commonly used in the prevention and control of vegetable diseases. However, the North Park and other enterprises questioned, as of press time, Tianjin Consumers Association did not respond further.