Moroccan olives with a high content of pesticide residues arrive in Spain

Published Sep 10, 2023

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Moroccan olives imported into Spain were found to have an excessive presence of the unauthorized insecticide Chlorpyrifos, which is banned in the EU. The olives contained a proportion of 0.067 mg/kg-ppm of Chlorpyrifos, while the maximum residue limit is set at 0.01 mg/kg-ppm. The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture has approved the withdrawal of Chlorpyrifos-based formulations in certain crops.
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The specialized portal Hortoinfo has published that on August 18, Moroccan olives entered Spain with an excessive presence of the unauthorized insecticide Chlorpyrifos, as detected in a border control. The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) warned this week about the distribution in Spain of olives imported from Morocco with a high level of a pesticide banned in the European Union (EU) due to its dangerousness. The results of the analysis demonstrated a presence of the insecticide Chlorpyrifos in a proportion of 0.067 mg/kg-ppm, when its Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) is set at 0.01 mg/kg - ppm, the minimum detectable in the laboratory as it is a substance that is not authorized, which has been described as a serious incident. The Spanish authorities have informed the RASFF of this problem for the attention of interested parties, pointing out that these olives have only been ...
Source: Agroclm
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