How strong food in Germany are contaminated with residues of plant protection products? This has determined the Federal office for consumer protection and food safety (BVL) for the year 2018. Overall, the number of striking food was low, with products from Germany and the EU were less impacted than products from Non-EU countries.
Trends from previous years continued to be observed: In the case of Apples, carrots, potatoes, and strawberries, or asparagus were rarely or even not exceeding the legal maximum residue levels established. Most of the Exceedances were found in beans with pods (18.8 percent), rice (13.7 percent) and Kale (11.9 percent).
Imported foods are häsingle-stage single-loaded
A total of 1.3 per cent of the investigated products from Germany, exceeded the maximum Residue limit, in the case of Products from other EU-States it is 1.5 percent. In contrast, 8.8 percent of the products were objected to EU countries, especially peppers, beans with pods, fresh herbs and eggplant. In the EU, imported Apples, potatoes, tomatoes, orange juice, and the studied of animal food were impacted by the low and reached the limits only rarely or not at all. Food from organic farming on meadows to 0.8 percent of excessive residues in conventional farming, it was 3.2 percent.
The BVL indicates that a risk was oriented to the selection of the samples, i.e., it is primarily products were investigated, which were noticed in the past is negative. It can therefore be assumed that the contamination with residues of plant protection products in food are generally low.
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