EU agrochemical residue study grows
The latest EU statistics on pesticide residue monitoring show slight changes in incidences for the European region as the programme continues to expand its geographical reach. The 2005 survey contained data from two new EU member states for the first time: Estonia and Latvia. A total of 54.3% of 62,569 food samples analysed in the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein in 2005 contained no detectable residues. Residues at or below maximum residue limits (MRLs) were found in 41% of samples, while 4.7% exceeded MRLs. In 2003, the comparable figures were 55.6%, 39.7% and 4.7%, respectively (Agrow No 508, p 9).