High food safety
The food safety in Europe is already very high. In recent years the number of cases with a higher MRL has decreased. The most recent annual report by the EFSA shows that in 2011 97.5% of the 79,000 samples of food were within the MRL level allowed within the EU. She believes this is good, but still too low. "It is good news for the European consumers, the growers and the fruit and vegetable sector. It shows the high level of food safety we enjoy in Europe. We're not there yet, and still have enough to do. These violations were mainly found in products from outside of the EU."
Projects in Spain and Turkey
At the moment the ECPA is involved in various projects. "What is new on the plans are Spain and Turkey. We have been busy with two pilots for contributing in minimising residues of crop protection agents there since 2013. Concrete measures will be implemented here to prevent MRL violations." She believes Spain has developed a lot in this area in recent years, but Turkey still has a lot of work to do. "There are still too many MRL violations reported among fruits and vegetables from this country."