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Case study - China Supreme Court Makes Example of Convicted Counterfeit Pesticide Supplier   2009

Counterfeit pesticide products are not subject to any form of quality control and can consequently prove highly damaging to farmers' crops. Following a collaborative investigation involving both industry and law enforcement, a Chinese court recently sentenced a supplier of counterfeit pesticide to a year in prison and compensation payment of RMB 42,485 (US$ 6,215) to cover full damages to a farmer’s crop. An Anxin County farmer had unwittingly purchased and applied the supplier’s counterfeit pesticide to protect his cotton crop, resulting in damage to his harvest. In April 2009, the China Supreme Court issued a statement holding this case up as an example of successful enforcement of the law prohibiting the sale of counterfeit pesticides.