Pesticide pears spark EU alert

The European Commission has imposed emergency measures on pear imports from Turkey after some shipments were found to contain pesticide residues over 1,400 times above acceptable levels.

Identifying the potentially ‘high level of risk’, the EC has ordered member states to increase testing of all Turkish pears after inspections repeatedly found levels of the pesticide amitraz on the fruit that exceeded the acceptable threshold – the Acute Reference Dose (ARfD).

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