Pesticide firms welcome EU residues plan

The European crop protection association (Ecpa) has greeted European Commission proposals to harmonise at EU level all pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs) as a chance to reduce trade barriers (EED 17/03/03). In a statement, Ecpa also highlighted two key concerns regarding the plans. The new European food safety authority must have sufficient resources to carry out its proposed duties, it said. And a stringent proposed "limit of detection" level to be applied in the absence of harmonised MRLs must be applied in a way that is proportionate to health risks. See press release.

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