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Pesticide residues in food - latest monitoring report

16 March 2017

The Pesticides Residues in Food Expert Committee has published its latest monitoring report for Quarter 3 in 2016.

A total of 1,019 samples were taken of 26 different foods: apples, apricots, beans with pods, bread, cabbage, cheese, fish, grapes, infant food, jam, leeks, lettuce, milk, okra, peaches and nectarines, pears, peppers, pork, potatoes, prepared fresh fruit, speciality vegetables, spices, spring onions, strawberries and tomatoes.

The Committee commented: “In most cases, the presence of the residues found would be unlikely to have had any effect on the health of the people who ate the food. In the case of okra, we found a residue in one sample where short-lived effects were possible.”

With regard to fresh produce, the following products had samples with residues above the Maximum Residue Levels:

  • Beans with pods: 7 samples – 5 from Malaysia and 2 from India.
  • Okra: 17 samples – 10 from Jordan and 7 from India.
  • Prepared fresh fruit: 3 samples from UK.
  • Speciality vegetables: 2 samples – one from UK and one from Poland

For more information see the published report.

There has been an increase in exceedances found in products in the wholesale sector, including among the recent findings of the recent rolling reporting monitoring programme.

The UK monitoring programme will continue to source samples from wholesalers and wholesale markets. It’s vital for all sectors of our industry to meet their obligations with regard to marketing products within the statutory Maximum Residues Levels for pesticide residues.

FPC provides guidance to members in the Code of Practice for the Control of Pesticides for Produce Marketing Organisations which is free to download from the publications section of our website.

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