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European average 2007

Average pesticide residues in fresh (incl. frozen) fruit, vegetables and cereals in Europe

This year, data from Bulgaria and Romania were included in the EFSA data collection on pesticide residues for the first time.

Number of participating EU and EFTA-States: 29
Total number of samples analysed: 65717
Number of pesticide analysed for (average): 232
Number of pesticides found (average): 93

Samples with no detectable residues and with residues below/at or above MRLs (%):

MRL = national or EC Maximum Residue Limit

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Multiple residues: Share of samples with 2, 3,..., 8 and more pesticides

Total of samples with multiple residues (European average): 17788
(=27,25 % of analysed samples)

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Source: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) 2007 Annual Report on Pesticide Residues according to Article 32 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

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The top 10 pesticides found in fruit and vegetables:

Chlorpyrifos, Imazalil, Cyprodinil, Iprodione, Thiabendazole, Procymidone, Fludioxinil, Dithiocarbamates, Boscalid, Imidacloprid

The top 10 pesticides found in cereals:

Chlormequat, Pirimiphos-methyl, Malathion, Piperonyl-Butoxide, Bromide ion, Chlorpyrifos-methyl, Glyphosate, Deltametrin, Dichlorvos, Hydrogen phosphide

Data comparability

The comparability of pesticide residue data is limited, because of several factors causing differences in the national monitoring programs. The monitoring results depends, for example, on the non-harmonized national Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs), which can differ between the countries, the range of samples taken, the analytical quality standards or the number of pesticides which were analyzed.

The table and the two graphs below provide available information on the ?samples taken by country? (sum of surveillance and follow-up enforcement samples, sum of fresh (incl. frozen) fruit, vegetables, cereals and processed products) and the ?number of pesticides analysed for and found? as indicator of the Quality of the pesticide residue monitoring.


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Member State Number of Samples Samples taken per 100,000 inhabitants Number of Pesticides analysed for Number of Pesticides found
Austria [AT] 1093 13 332 134
Belgium [BE] 1757 17 319 125
Bulgaria [BG] 2581 34 14 5
Cyprus [CY] 309 41 156 58
Czech Republic [CZ] 743 7 147 63
Denmark [DK] 1555 29 182 84
Estonia [EE] 310 23 190 58
Finland [FIN] 1317 25 251 135
France [F] 3742 6 266 121
Germany [D] 14984 18 727 289
Greece [EL] 2041 18 203 65
Hungary [HU] 3018 30 208 99
Iceland [IS] 304 105 44 26
Ireland [IE] 828 21 226 104
Italy [IT] 6845 12 316 126
Latvia [LV] 104 4 72 4
Lithuania [LT] 292 8 223 63
Luxembourg (LU) 102 70 33
Malta [MT] 70 18 72 5
The Netherlands [NL] 3828 24 398 155
Norway [NO] 1273 28 232 109
Poland [PL] 1046 3 92 40
Portugal [PT] 554 5 148 45
Romania [PT] 2321 11 93 41
Slovakia [SK] 949 18 144 73
Slovenia [SI] 1014 51 188 91
Spain [ES] 5624 14 471 121
Sweden [SE] 1119 13 272 127
United Kingdom [UK] 2259 4 204 106

Source: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) 2007 Annual Report on Pesticide Residues according to Article 32 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

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Number of Pesticides tested (2007)

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Samples taken per head (2007)

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Europe map 2005

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