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More than 5500 fruit and vegetable samples were examined by the German investigation offices in the period from 1.12.2021 to 28.2.2022 (4th quarter 2021) - with predominantly positive results as far as limit values are concerned.

 

 

The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) regularly prepares quarterly evaluations of residue investigations in food, whereby the investigation quarters are not identical to the calendar quarters.

 

Apples were the focus of the official residue monitoring with 256 samples. With >100 samples each, potatoes, table grapes, tomatoes, grapefruits, pomelos, sweeties, peppers, bananas, celeriac, carrots, green salads, cultivated mushrooms, oranges and mandarins were represented in the testing plan. Grapefruits, pomelos, sweeties, limes, apricots, plums, blueberries, gooseberries, kiwis, mangoes and pineapples did not exceed the maximum residue limits. In the case of vegetables, the maximum residue levels of the pesticides tested were complied with for potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, beetroot, radishes, tomatoes, courgettes, melons, pumpkins, Brussels sprouts, head cabbage, field lettuce, chives, asparagus, rhubarb and wild mushrooms.

 

Of all the samples examined, 42% came from Germany, 26% from EU countries and 17% from third countries. The origin of the remaining samples was unclear.

 

In the case of German goods, only

Fruit/vegetables

Complaints of German goods

Apples

1

Currants

Celeriac

Onions

Spinach

Vine leaves

Kale

2

Rocket

 

were found to be in excess of residues. 48% of the German samples were free of residues.

 

In EU fresh produce

Fruit/vegetables

Complaints EU fresh produce

Peaches

1

Cucumbers

Broccoli

Chinese cabbage

Leaf salad

Rocket

Fresh coriander

Parsley

Tangerines

2

Kakis

Pomegranates

 

 

Excessive residue levels in third country produce were found in

Fruit/vegetables

Complaints EU fresh produce

Lemons

1

Tangerines

Cherries

Strawberries

Lychee

Bananas

Cucumbers

Oranges

2

Pears

Quinces

Passion fruit

Table grapes

3

Beans with pods

Pomegranates

4

Fresh vine leaves

in 10 out of 12 samples!

 

We limited ourselves in the summary to the area of fruit and vegetable testing. A tabular summary of all results can be found under the link provided.

 

 

Link: https://www.bvl.bund.de/ 

 

 

Autor: Dr. Frank Mörsberger

 

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