EFSA: Over 97% of foods in EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits
Good news from our food healthiness. European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) just published the 2012 annual report on pesticide residues in food. The report is based on the analysis of almost 79,000 food samples carried out by 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway. It states that more than 97% of all samples analysed as part of the latest Europe-wide monitoring programme of pesticides in foods contain residue levels that fall within legal limits – with over 54% of samples free from any detectable trace of the chemicals.
The report observes that organic food has lower residues than conventional food (0.8% versus 3.1%) and that food imported from third countries (i.e. outside Europe, Norway and Switzerland) has five times the residue levels of the European food.
These figures confirm the positive trend of reduction of plant protection products (PPPs) residues due to the restrictive policies from the European Commission and the responsable attitude shown by pesticide companies. Further steps and improvements to these figures could be achieved fully implementing the Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides (2009/128/CE). Informatica ambientale works in this direction providing environmental modelling and software tools for proper and minimal use of PPPs at farm and territorial scale.