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EU mulls low agchem MRLs for organic produce

The European Commission has proposed setting minimal maximum residue limits (MRLs) for pesticides in organic produce, along the lines of the “limit of detection” level (0.01 mg/kg) currently imposed on baby food. The plan is part of a proposed revision of EU rules on organic production. Currently, there are no specific MRLs for organic crops, which are tested against the same limits as conventional crops in routine residue monitoring. The proposal reflects consumer demand for residue-free organic food, the Commission says. However, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements is concerned that the threat of withdrawing organic labelling from any produce found to contain illegal residues would put growers at risk of accidental contamination during growing, transport, storage and processing.

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