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UK pesticide residues monitoring

24 July 2017

The Pesticide Residues in Food Expert Committee has published the findings of the latest rolling reports for samples of beans with pods, grapes, okra, potatoes and prepared fresh fruit collected in May 2017.

 

Beans with Pods

  • One sample from Spain contained residues of flonicamid (sum) 0.2 (MRL=0.03*). The risk assessment screen identified that none of the residues detected by the laboratory would be expected to have an effect on health.
  • One sample from India contained a residue of dimethoate (sum) 0.07 (MRL=0.02*). The risk assessment screen identified that none of the residues detected by the laboratory would be expected to have an effect on health.
  • One sample from India contained a residue of dithiocarbamates 2.8 (MRL=1). The risk assessment screen identified that none of the residues detected by the laboratory would be expected to have an effect on health.

 

Grapes

None of the residues detected by the laboratory would be expected to have an effect on health

 

Okra

  • One sample from India contained residues of dithiocarbamates 0.6 (MRL = 0.5) and pyraclostrobin 0.1 (MRL=0.02*). The risk assessment screen identified that none of the residues detected by the laboratory would be expected to have an effect on health.
  • One sample from India contained a residue of flonicamid (sum) 0.07 (MRL =0.03*). The risk assessment screen identified that none of the residues detected by the laboratory would be expected to have an effect on health.
  • One sample from India contained residues of acephate 0.05 (MRL = 0.01*), flonicamid (sum) 0.1 (MRL=0.03*) and monocrotophos 0.03 (MRL=0.01*). The risk assessment screen identified that none of the residues detected by the laboratory would be expected to have an effect on health. There is uncertainty about the potential for monocrotophos to cause genetic damage; therefore, on a precautionary basis we consider any findings of monocrotophos in food as not desirable. However, considering the very low intakes any risks are likely to be low.

 

Potatoes

None of the residues detected by the laboratory would be expected to have an effect on health.

 

Prepared Fresh Fruit

One sample from Burkina Faso contained a residue of chlorate 0.03 (MRL=0.01*). The risk assessment screen identified that none of the residues detected by the laboratory would be expected to have an effect on health.

 

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