UK MRL violations up in 2010
Results of the annual pesticide monitoring study on food samples in the UK in 2010 showed maximum residue limit (MRL) violations in 2.8%, more than double the figure of 1.1% in 2009 ( Agrow No 603, p 12). A total of 3,750 samples of 40 commodities were tested for various pesticides, resulting in over 694,000 food and pesticide combinations. Samples with no residues accounted for 58.3% of the total, while 38.9% contained residues below MRLs. That compared with 60.8% and 38.2%, respectively, in 2009. The study was conducted by the UK Pesticide Residues Committee (PRC).