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EU acts on amitraz levels in Turkish pears

The European Commission has ordered EU member states to test 10% of pear imports from Turkey for residues of the acaricide, amitraz. The emergency measures are necessary because residues have been found to exceed maximum residue limits (MRLs) on“repeated occasions”, the Commission says. The Commission had already decided earlier this year to impose controls on imports of Turkish pears from January 25th 2010. However, continued reports of MRL violations, the most recent in October, prompted it to initiate immediate action, given the “high level of risk to which European consumers may be exposed”.

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