Bulgaria blocks contaminated Turkish peppers

Bulgarian border authorities have made a habit out of blocking the entry of Turkish peppers containing high levels of pesticides. Such cases are registered almost on a weekly basis.

On this occasion, as reported by the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), Bulgaria stopped two batches of fresh Turkish peppers, according to analyses carried out on 18 November they surpassed the permitted levels of carbendazim and malathion.

The first batch contained 0.556 milligrams per kilo of carbendazim, when the EU establishes the limit for this wide action spectrum systemic fungicide at 0.1 milligrams per kilo.

The RASFF also reported a batch containing excessive malathion residues. The batch was destroyed after 0.089 milligrams per kilo of this organophosphorus compound pesticide was found; four times the allowed content.

Source: fhalmeria.com

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