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European average 2006

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

This year, data from Estonia and Latvia were included in the CommissionŽs residue report for the first time.

Number of participating EU and EFTA-States: 28
Total number of samples analysed: 60477
Number of pesticide analysed for (average): 209
Number of pesticides found (average): 80

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

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

Total of samples with multiple residues (European average): 15306
(=26,7 % of analysed samples)

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Source: European Commission 2006 report "Monitoring of Pesticide Residues in Products of Plant Origin in the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein"

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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.


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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] 1921 293 271 128
Belgium [BE] 1398 13 307 113
Cyprus [CY] 430 56,5 138 42
Czech Republic [CZ] 906 9 141 53
Denmark [DK] 1847 34 171 82
Estonia [EE] 436 32197 61
Finland [FIN] 1597 31 236 103
France [F] 4536 8 279 115
Germany [D] 15372 19 683 311
Greece [EL] 2435 22 142 48
Hungary [HU] 3367 33 203 104
Iceland [IS] 300 103 45 27
Ireland [IE] 1100 103 153 63
Italy [IT] 7329 13 332 123
Latvia [LV] 88 4 54 12
Liechtenstein [LI] 23 70 69 5
Lithuania [LT] 456 13 210 37
Luxembourg (LU) 89 20 55 13
Malta [MT] 47 12 161 4
The Netherlands [NL] 3088 19 385 149
Norway [NO] 1452 32 213 99
Poland [PL] 1247 3 95 38
Portugal [PT] 616 6 142 38
Slovakia [SK] 1156 21 138 74
Slovenia [SI] 1247 62 162 90
Spain [ES] 4481 11 390 122
Sweden [SE] 1401 16 273 101
United Kingdom [UK] 2237 4 175 77

Source: European Commission 2006 report "Monitoring of Pesticide Residues in Products of Plant Origin in the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein"

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Number of Pesticides tested (2006)

number pesticides tested 2006

Samples taken per head (2006)

samples taken per head 2006

Samples taken per head

samples taken per head 2006
Pesticide Monitoring Reports

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