Volunteers from Greenpeace petition Tesco’s China headquarters to ensure its suppliers stop using harmful pesticides. // Picture from Greenpeace China.
Looks like things haven’t changed much since the nationwide pesticide test that Greenpeace conducted in the middle of last year. In that test, 11 out of 16 vegetable and fruit samples bought at Tesco’s in Beijing and Shanghai were found to be with pesticides, some banned in China and others suspected hormone disruptors. Another test in November has confirmed pretty much the same thing.
Now the British supermarket chain has been been placed right at the bottom of the 2011 China supermarket ranking that Greenpeace has just released, along with Japanese chain Ito Yokado for their “obstinacy to change year after year”. They were both outperformed by other local supermarket players such as Chaoshifa, Lianhua and Nonggongshang.
Best places to shop in China for pesticide-free food are Carrefour, Auchan and Shanghai City, in that order.
The ranking was compiled based on the following five criteria, said Greenpeace:
1. Use of non-genetic engineering food
2. Banning of the worst pesticides
3. Traceability and quality control
4. Supplier management and testing systems
5. Information disclosure
2011 Greenpeace Supermarket Ranking in China: (best to worst)
3. Shanghai City
6. Ito Beijing
8. Lianhua (Hualian, Century Mart)
13. Aeon (North), Jusco (South), PARKnSHOP, Jingkelong, Rtmart, Suguo
14. Ito Yokado, Chengdu, Tesco