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US food importer fined over Mexican residues

The US California EPA’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has fined the food company, Cal Fresco (Buena Park, California), $10,000 for importing produce from Mexico containing illegal pesticide residues. The action followed imports of tomatillos, jalapeno peppers and cactus leaf bearing residues of insecticides not registered for use on those crops. The residues were at low levels and did not pose a health risk, the DPR notes. The company has agreed to implement control measures to prevent such incidents. No residues were detected in over 70% of food samples tested by the DPR in 2009 ( Agrow No 592, p 20).

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