Europe lowers residue limits for 13 pesticides

The European Commission has lowered the maximum residue levels (MRLs) for 13 pesticide active ingredients banned in the EU, based on new scientific evidence that existing levels are too high to be safe. The new levels were published Friday.

MRLs for many pesticides were raised in 2008 to facilitate imports of products such as fruits and vegetables, after foreign countries using the pesticides complained that low MRLs were creating an unfair trade barrier to their goods.

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