EU urged not to compromise pesticide restrictions in the interests of trade

Environmental campaigners have urged the European Commission not to allow imports of food tainted with pesticides whose use is banned in the EU, citing reports of diplomatic pressure from the US and Canada.

Acceptable limits, or 'import tolerances', are set out in the 2005 regulation on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin, which is currently being discussed in closed committee.

The NGOs, including Friends of the Earth Europe and Pesticide Action Network Europe, note the regulation allows the EU to define a permissible level of residues for pesticides that are not approved for use in the EU in order to “meet the needs of international trade”.

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