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European average 2004

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

This year, data from eight new Member States were included in the Commission's residue report for the first time.

Number of participating EU and EFTA-States: 26
Total number of samples analysed: 55395
Number of pesticide analysed for (average): 169
Number of pesticides found (average): 69

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

MRL = national or EC Maximum Residue Limit

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Source: European Commission (2006): Monitoring of Pesticide Residues in Products of Plant Origin in the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, 2004 Report

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

Total of samples with multiple residues (European average): 12986
(=23,44 % of analysed samples)

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Source: European Commission (2006): Monitoring of Pesticide Residues in Products of Plant Origin in the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, 2004 Report

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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.


Member State Number of Samples Samples taken per 100,000 inhabitants Number of Pesticides analysed for Number of Pesticides found
Austria [AT] 1,912 23 273 90
Belgium [BE] 1,766 17 181 61
Cyprus [CY] 325 43 134 39
Czech Republic [CZ] 791 8 119 64
Denmark [DK] 1,624 30 147 76
Finland [FIN] 2,171 41 199 95
France [F] n 4,568 8 222 90
Germany [D] 14337 17 595 263
Greece [EL] 2,049 18 70 15
Hungary [HU] 2,918 29 148 75
Iceland [IS] 323 110 41 24
Ireland [IE] 1,036 25 113 52
Italy [IT] 7,407 13 277 129
Latvia [LT] 448 13 67 21
Liechtenstein [LI] 36 104 48 1
Lithuania [LU] 165 36 46 15
Malta [MT] 65 16 141 9
The Netherlands [NL] 3,416 21 387 166
Norway [NO] 2,207 48 211 74
Poland [PL] 917 2 60 41
Portugal [PT] 589 6 134 40
Slovakia [SK] 1,047 19 78 39
Slovenia [SI] 967 48 102 42
Spain [ES] 3,888 9 190 79
Sweden [SE] 2,355 26 228 96
United Kingdom [UK] 3,123 5 184 92

Source: European Commission (2006): Monitoring of Pesticide Residues in Products of Plant Origin in the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, 2004 Report, Annex 1

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Number of Pesticides tested (2004)

number pesticides tested 2004

Samples taken per head (2004)

samples taken per head 2004

Samples taken per head

samples taken per head 2004

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Percentage of samples of vegetables, fruit and cereals with detectable pesticide residues found in official national monitoring programs (2004)

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Europe map 2004

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