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Spanish region free of illegal agchems

The Spanish regional government of Murcia has declared the region free of unregistered pesticides. The director general of its agrarian modernisation office, Angel Garcia Lidón, presented findings of a 2009 survey across the region. “No sample threw up residue results above EU maximum reside limits,” the director notes. Over 300 samples were taken in the study. “There has been no health alert activated in the province for a decade,” he adds. The crop protection association, the Aepla, has run a two-year campaign against the use of such products ( Agrow No 530, p 14). It sought to clean up the national sector’s image following several EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed notifications in 2007-8. They warned of the presence of the insecticide, isofenphos-methyl, in peppers from the Almeria region ( Agrow No 535, p 12). Murcia neighbours Almeria.

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