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MEPs want end to food retailer agchem bans

Private standards for pesticide residues adopted by many large retail chains are anti-competitive and detrimental to the interests of European fruit and vegetable growers, says the European Parliament. It urges the European Commission to “put an end to such practices”. EU legislation on maximum residue limits already provides adequate health protection, notes a parliamentary resolution adopted in March on European horticulture. However, over the years, some food retailers have imposed their own restrictions or bans on certain pesticides.


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