New Rules on Pesticide Residues in Food
Consumers are exposed to pesticides because small amounts of pesticide residues can be found on harvested crops. It is necessary to ensure that such residues should not be found in food or feed at levels presenting an unacceptable risk to humans. Maximum residue levels (MRLs) are therefore set by the European Commission to protect consumers from exposure to unacceptable levels of pesticides residues in food and feed.
A new legislative framework on pesticide residues is applicable from 1st September 2008 in the EU (Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council).