Planned changes to EU rules on pesticides mean fruit and vegetables could contain far greater residues of chemicals that have been linked to a range of diseases and developmental disorders, the campaign group Pesticide Action Network Europe warned on Wednesday.
Government delegates are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a European Commission proposal to amend parts of the 2009 Plant Protection Products Regulation. Current rules mean a pesticide containing an endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) cannot be marketed unless the resulting exposure of humans or other non-target organisms is 'negligible'.
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