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Απάντηση της ECPA σε έκθεση της Επιτροπής - Πρόγραμμα ελέγχου υπολειμμάτων 2000

Aθήνα, 24 Μαϊου 2002


"ECPA responds to European Commission’s report on the 2000 pesticide residues monitoring programme"

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The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA), representing manufacturers of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides in the EU, today responded to the recent publication of the European Commission’s report on the 2000 residues monitoring programme. The report shows that 61% of the food samples tested had no detectable residues, 35% had residues at or below the Maximum Residue Level (MRL), and 4.5% had residues above the MRL. The European Commission stated that while there was room for improvement, “the pesticide levels found in samples that exceeded the maximum limits fall within a range that would not cause harm if eaten.”


Dr Friedhelm Schmider, ECPA’s Director General, remarked on the results for 2000, “We are glad to see that 61% of the food samples tested contained no residues at all and only 4.5% contained residues above the MRL. Year on year, the results of the EU residues monitoring programme show that consumers are only exposed to a minute fraction of the residues that are permissible by the established MRLs. It is important to remember that where commodity samples do exceed MRLs, these have been consistently judged by independent experts to pose no unacceptable risk to public health. However, there is always room for improvement and we remain committed to minimising residues as far as possible. This is why we work throughout the EU to promote the safe and sustainable use of our products – supporting farmer training programmes, advocating integrated farming systems and encouraging Good Agricultural Practice (GAP).”


The Commission has been conducting a rolling residues monitoring programme since 1996 in all Member States, as well as in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. All participating countries follow sampling procedures outlined in European legislation and check residues levels in the commodities sampled against set MRLs. Each year the Commission’s rolling programme samples a select number of commodities in the standard European diet, as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO).


The results of the 2000 residues monitoring programme confirm that residues resulting from crop protection products generally occur at very low levels. The results of the residues monitoring conducted by the European Commission since 1996 are strikingly consistent. Since residues monitoring first began at the EU level, the results have shown that between 60 and 65% of all commodity samples contain no residues at all. Between 32 and 40% of all commodity samples contain residues well below MRLs. And only a very small proportion of all commodity samples, between 2 and 4.5%, contain residues above MRLs.



Press enquiries should be addressed to:


Kari Matalone
Communications
European Crop Protection Association

6 Av. E. Van Nieuwenhuyse
1160 Brussels
Belgium

Tel: +32-2-663-1552
GSM: +32-475-308-457
Fax: +32-2-663.15.60
kari.matalone@ecpa.be


Evelyne Gόsken
Food Safety and Quality
European Parliament Relations
European Crop Protection Association

6 Av. E. Van Nieuwenhuyse
1160 Brussels
Belgium

Tel: +32-2-663.15.57
GSM: +32-479-497-450
Fax: +32-2-663.15.60
evelyne.gusken@ecpa.be