Croatia blocks Macedonian cucumbers

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) announced Croatia's blocking of a cucumber batch shipped by the Republic of Macedonia as a result of it almost tripling the maximum allowed content of chlorpiriphos, an organophosphate-type pesticide.

The analyses were carried out in Croatia on 4 October, although the results were not made public until last Monday, the 28th. To be precise, the maximum allowed content of chlorpiriphos in cucumbers is of 0.05 milligrams per kilo, while this particular batch contained 0.14 milligrams per kilo.

In any case, producers from former Yugoslavia do not usually breach such regulations, and it is also not common for cucumber batches to surpass the maximum residue levels allowed.


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