March 1, 2011 Counterfeit Product Found in Uganda
In 2008-2009, FMC stopped the export of Furadan 5G to Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in response to concerns over the deliberate misuse of the product in poisoning wildlife. To speed the removal of the product from these countries, FMC launched a buyback program in each of these markets.
On Jan. 20, 2011, as part of the company’s cooperative testing agreement with leading NGOs in East Africa, FMC received a 200-gram container of a substance labeled as Furadan 5G that had been purchased in an Agrovet shop in Kampala, Uganda. FMC tested the material to determine if it was an authentic FMC product, a generic carbofuran or a counterfeit product. The material inside the container was assessed both physically and chemically. Physically, the Ugandan material was nothing like authentic Furadan 5G either in size or shape. Additionally, the dye used on the Ugandan material was not the same dye that is used on authentic Furadan 5G. Most importantly, the Ugandan material was analyzed chemically and there was no carbofuran detected in it. Therefore, it is clear that there is counterfeit material being labeled as Furadan 5G currently being marketed and sold in Uganda. This is very harmful to growers who are dependent upon authentic pesticide products to ensure they can protect their crops to feed their families. Use of counterfeit product can cause crops to fail, which would be a dangerous situation for the growers.
FMC requests that if anyone finds product in East Africa with Furadan 5G labels on it, please contact the company through this website so we can test the material and investigate its production.