Rapid Alert detection of toxic peppers, green beans

Turkish peppers, contaminated with 14.4 times the legal amount of a powerful organophosphate-type pesticide have been detected by the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

Three different batches of the peppers which greatly exceeded the permitted residue limit (MRL) for the Malathion pesticide were destroyed.

Two batches had double the MRL permitted by the EU, at 0.04 and 0.038mgs per kilo respectively, compared to the 0.02mgs limit, and the third had 0.228mgs of Malathion per kilo were found, 14.4 times the legal amount, in one of the worst RASFF contamination cases found recently.

In all three cases, the importer was Bulgaria, where detection of contaminated Turkish peppers is becoming commonplace.

Another recent RASFF notification reveals that authorities in the UK recently destroyed a batch of green beans from Kenya, which contained a cocktail of pesticides containing, amongst other things, 31.5 times the permitted amount of dimethoate.


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