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EFSA Reports Continued Decline in Pesticide Residues on Food

11:48 AM MDT | July 19, 2010 | KARA SISSELL

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Brussels) says its annual pesticide residue report shows a continued decline in detectable pesticide residues on foods, and also that there is little hazard posed to human health by the residues that were found. The July 2010 EFSA report, which tallies data from 2008, shows 96.5% of food tested in 2008 complied with the maximum residue levels (MRLs) set by European regulators. That 3.5% in noncompliance is down from 4.2% in 2007. “More pesticide residues exceeding the MRLs were found in food imported from countries...

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