Industry and farm groups are on the defensive as environmental NGOs engaged in a targeted publicity campaign in Parliament yesterday (10 October) to muster support for an upcoming vote on tougher rules for pesticide use in the EU.
As part of their campaign, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe and Friends of the Earth (FoE) Netherlands publicly tested a number of fruits obtained in a Parliament supermarket for pesticide residues.
The group found residues of 28 substances in their samples, all of which “have known or suspected links with negative impacts on human health”, the groups said. Residue levels found in some of the fruits, notably oranges, grapes and apricots, exceeded the EU’s legal limits, or Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs), according to their press statement.
A spokesperson for the groups called the findings “a total indictment of food products on sale in the EU”.