During 2022, the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) recorded a total of 578 alerts caused by the excessive presence of pesticides in fruit and vegetables that have reached the member countries of the European Union (RASFF) by its member countries ( EU), either from third countries or from the EU itself.
50.52% of these rejections correspond to imported fruit and vegetable products between January 1 and December 31, 2022, from Turkey with 292 notifications in total, for an excessive amount of pesticides in fruit and vegetables that it tried to import into EU member country markets .
Peppers were the product arriving from Turkey with the highest number of 78 pesticide overdose cases, which in most cases were destroyed on arrival at the community border. Peppers were followed by lemons with 72 alerts, grapes with 48, tangerines with 23, pomegranates with 13 cases, 12 in oranges, with the rest distributed among various fruit and vegetable products
Turkey is followed by Egypt with 40, India and Uganda with 21 each, Kenya with 18, China with 16, and with 13 cases found in fruit and vegetables from Thailand, 10 from Madagascar, and 9 in produce of Ecuador and Iran, which complete the list of 10 countries in whose fruits and vegetables pesticide residues have been detected in more cases, with 8 cases.
Most of Turkey’s fruit and vegetable cargo rejections came from Bulgaria.
“The attention of the control authorities is drawn for the phytosanitary control of arrivals and transits destined for EU countries. loads of fruit and vegetables in 2023 in terms of the requirements of the Union Legislation as in 2022 the performance of our country is almost zero”, says Mr. Georgios Polychronakis, Special Advisor of Incofruit Hellas.