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EFSA Report Concludes Higher Pesticide Residue Compliance Rate

March 12, 2013

BRUSSELS, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Sustainable farming practices are key for food safety

The Annual Report on Pesticide Residues 2010 shows that 97.2 % of the samples were
within the maximum residue levels (MRLs) of pesticides permitted for food products in the
EU and 98.4% for the EU coordinated program. On dietary exposure, EFSA concluded that the
chemical residues on the foods analysed did not pose a long-term risk to consumer health
and the short-term dietary exposure excluded a risk to consumers from 99.6% of food

“Year after year we see a higher and higher level of compliance with MRLs. This is
really good news for European consumers, European farmers and the crop protection industry
and demonstrates both the current high-level professionalism of pesticide users and the
high level of food safety we have achieved in Europe. Although the overall report results
continue to be positive, our industry understands that more can still be done to avoid any
MRL exceedances,” Friedhelm Schmider, Director General of European Crop Protection
Association (ECPA), commented.

“For that reason the European crop protection industry is launching a joint-industry
project on residues management. Together with local partners, two pilot projects have been
established; one focusing on Mediterranean greenhouse production in Spain and the second
one on quality of fresh produce imports from outside EU based on a Turkish example,”
Friedhelm Schmider continued.

“We want to tackle the issues heads on. The crop protection industry takes consumer’s
concerns about pesticide residues and the multiple assessments of residues very seriously.
We are committed to explain the nature of pesticide residues whilst striving to manage
their occurrence. These two projects aim at helping strengthen education, training and
advisory programs to this end. We will continue working with stakeholders in order to
improve results further. Consumers trust is a vital ingredient for our work,” Friedhelm
Schmider concluded.

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Notes to editors:

MRL (Maximum Residue Level):

MRLS are always set at levels below toxicological safety limits and are at least 100
fold below the lowest dose causing no effects. So exceedances reported do not mean that
the food is unsafe to eat, however all efforts must be undertaken to avoid exceedances,
also because agricultural produce cannot legally be traded if the MRL is exceeded.

The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) represents the crop protection
industry interests at European level. Its members include all major companies and national
associations across Europe.


        Anna Seretny, European Crop Protection Association, aisbl,
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SOURCE The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA)

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