Warning over pesticides combination risk

Almost a third of fruit and vegetables sold in Europe contain residues of multiple pesticides whose potential harmful effects in combination are unclear, a campaign group said on Wednesday

Almost a third of fruit and vegetables sold in Europe contain residues of multiple pesticides whose potential harmful effects in combination are unclear, a campaign group said on Wednesday after the publication of fresh EU data.

“The effects of toxic mixtures are still not accounted for in EU safety calculations despite legislation from 2006 demanding the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) do so,” said Hans Muilerman of Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe. “The continuing claim by EFSA that fruit and vegetables in European supermarkets are safe is not proven,” Muilerman said.

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