Pesticide levels in food up again
Pesticide residue levels in Europe's fresh and processed food rose again in 2002, despite signs of a downward trend the previous year (EED 29/04/03). Of 46,000 samples taken for an annual European Commission report, the percentage exceeding acceptable levels increased to 5.1%, compared to 3.9% in 2001 and 4.5% in 2000. The percentage containing multiple residues also rose - more than doubling in samples containing four or more residues. Only 58% contained no detectable pesticides, down from 59% in 2001. The commission is currently working on a thematic strategy for the sustainable pesticide use (EED 04/07/04). See 2002 testing report.