Wednesday, 10 June 2015

EU: Pesticide residues allowed in organic products

At an informal meeting of EU Agricultural ministers, it was decided that the “zero tolerance” approach to policies should not be included in the new EU regulation, due to be approved by Agriculture Ministers on 16th June. This means that pesticide residues shall be permitted in organic farming within the EU. This does means that the countries who  advocate for "zero tolerance" policies may apply them in their national markets, although they will have to accept higher levels in imports from other member states or third countries. The rationale of the "zero tolerance" clause is to avoid crop contamination by products grown in nearby farms, which would automatically result in them being discarded for the organic certificate. Before entering into force, the European Parliament must approve the regulation.