Illegal plant protection products, mostly fungicides and insecticides, are offered in shops, markets, seminars and by distributors under the counter. They are packed in small packages, produced in Russia, Belarus and Poland, and mostly intended for home gardens.

State Plant Protection Service continues its inspections throughout Latvia. In cooperation with Customs and Sanitary Border Inspection officials, increased attention will be paid to the shipments of plant protection products at border crossing points on the external borders with Russia and Belarus, as well as at the port of Riga.

If plant protection products are not registered in Latvia, are not labelled in Latvian, have not been tested and are not designed for Latvian climatic conditions, they may cause environmental pollution, adverse effects on both the treated crops and human health.

Such plant protection products is very dangerous and State Plant Protection Service urges not to buy or use plant protection products that are not registered in Latvia. Specific cases can be reported to the State Plant Protection Service hotline +371 67550944.

In 2019, the State Plant Protection Service and Latvian Association of Producers and Traders of Plant Protection Products organized an information campaign by placing posters and information materials at border crossing points on the Latvia-Russia and Latvia-Belarus borders,  plant protection product sales points, markets and other places where they could be seen by plant protection products users.

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Overall, around 10% of illegal plant protection products end up on the EU market. There tend to be two kinds of illegal products: counterfeit brands from well-known companies or  plant protection products not registered in the EU, mostly made in China or, in the case of Latvia, Russia and Belarus. These products contain combinations of substances of unknown origin, which have not been approved, and are produced to make a quick profit without any thought for human health and the environment.

State Plant Protection Service reminds that the purchase and use of illegal plant protection products is subject to administrative liability.

Examples of illegal plant protection products: