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MEPs question residue limits imposed by food suppliers

The European Parliament has called for a close look at cases where individual food distribution chains impose pesticide residue limits that are more restrictive than statutory requirements. MEPs want the European Commission to examine whether these and other requirements imposed on growing practices for vegetables and fruit are liable to impede free trade and unfairly strengthen the position of distributors in the food supply chain. The calls come in a wide-ranging resolution adopted by the Parliament in September. The resolution is primarily aimed at the unfair distribution of profits between farmers and other sectors of the food supply chain. While it mainly targets food retailers and processors, its scope also includes the input sector, namely companies that supply pesticides, seed, fertilisers and feed.

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