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European average 2003

Average pesticide residues in fresh (incl. frozen) fruit, vegetables and cereals in Europe, 2003

Average number of analysed samples: 47460

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Source: European Commission 2003 report "Monitoring of Pesticide Residues in Products of Plant Origin in the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein"


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

Total of samples with multiple residues (European average): 8931
(=20.5 % of analysed samples)



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Source: European Commission 2003 report "Monitoring of Pesticide Residues in Products of Plant Origin in the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein"


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.

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The table and the two graphs below provide available information on the ?samples taken per head? and the ?number of pesticides tested? as indicator of the Quality of the pesticide residue monitoring.

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Member State Number of Samples Number of Samples per 100,000 inhabitants Number of Pesticides tested Inhabitants
Austria [A] 1,404 17,2 257 8.140.100
Belgium [B] 1,250 12,0 131 10.396.400
Czech Republic [CZ]* 723 7,1 10.211.500
Denmark [DK] 1,530 28,3 167 5.397.600
Finland [FIN] 1,725 33 238 5.219.700
France [F] 3,372 5,6 236 60.200.000
Germany [D] 10,586 12,8 527 82.531.700
Great Britain [GB] 2,452 4,1 59.699.800
Greek [GR] 1,659 15,0 108 11.040.700
Hungary [H]* 2826* 27,9 148 10.116.700
Iceland [IS] 313 107,7 290.570
Ireland [IRL] 1,022 25,4 113 4.027.700
Italy [I] 7,172 12,4 57.888.245
Liechtenstein [FL] 47 41 34.300
Luxembourg [L] 107 23,7 451.600
Norway [N] 2,164 47,3 206 4.577.500
Portugal [P] 363 3,4 129 10.800.000
Slovakia [SK]* 890 16,5 83 5.380.100
Spain [E] 3,670 9,3 191 39.400.000
Sweden [S] 2,131 23,9 238 8.900.000
The Netherlands [NL] 2,549 15,7 400 16.258.000

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*Monitoring of Pesticide Residues in Products of Plant Origin in 2004, National Reports
Source: Commission of the European Communities, Commission Staff Working Document: Monitoring of Pesticide Residues in Products of Plant Origin in European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein 2003


Number of Pesticides tested (2003)

number pesticides tested 2003

Samples taken per head (2003)

samples taken per head 2003

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Percentage of samples of vegetables, fruit and cereals with detectable pesticide residues found in official national monitoring programs (2003)

Legend Europe map
Europe map 2003

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