AusVeg, national peak industry body representing the interests of Australian vegetable and potato growers has expressed concerns over the nation’s reliance of importing vegetables from China. While Australia has strict rules and regulations, the same cannot be said for all international imports. The recent discovery of 10 tonnes of toxic vegetables produced in the south west of China is what has raised the alarm. Hugh Tobin, the communications manger from AusVeg states it was “alarming to think other regions could also be producing toxic vegetables for export.” Australian growers are struggling in the market due to low wholesale prices and high production costs.

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Courtesy of theland.farmonline.com.au