Pesticide residues in food: a steady decrease (IT)

23/06/2016
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"Official control on pesticide residues in food - results in Italy for the year 2014": a report prepared by the Italian Ministry of Health. It includes elaborations on fruit and vegetables, cereals,  seeds, some processed products, such as olive oil and wine, both important elements of the Italian and Mediterranean diet, but also elaborations regarding baby food, organic  products and some food of animal origin.

All the products, in particular baby food, were sampled even if not part of the Italian analysis plan in order to provide not only greater protection of consumers but also of the most vulnerable groups such as children and vegetarians.

As to the results, it appears that in the year 2014 a total of 8,946 samples were analyzed to check the presence of residues of plant protection products. Out of these, only 29 were found to exceed the maximum limits allowed by the existing law, with a very low percentage of irregularities (0.3%).

Compared to 2013, irregularities decreased  (in 2013 they reached 0.5%).

In addition, the national overall results indicate a high level of consumer’s protection, with a percentage of irregularity well below the European average (1.5%).

At page 29 the results of analyses carried out on organic products, and at page 106, table 38, the summary of the analytical results.

THE REPORT “CONTROLLO UFFICIALE SUI RESIDUI DI PRODOTTI FITOSANITARI NEGLI ALIMENTI – ANNO 2014 / OFFICIAL CONTROL ON RESIDUES OF PESTICIDES IN FOOD - YEAR 2014” (in Italian)

Source: Ministry of Health

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