Due to the unknown compositions and the fact that they are not tested and not approved for use, counterfeit and otherwise illegal products are not safe and pose an unacceptable risk to the farmer, the consumer and the environment.
Counterfeit products and seeds intend to mimic original products. They intend to copy the legitimate branded products and typically feature well adulterated labeling and packaging, reproducing the outer appearance of the originals. The content is always unknown.
Sophisticated counterfeit products and seeds are often difficult to distinguish from originals and as a result, are unintentionally purchased by distributors and farmers.
Illegal products other than counterfeit products do not mimic original products. Their content and composition is as well unknown and their biological efficacy unpredictable.
These products are mainly sold on the black market, in neutral packs with no or very limited labeling.