The Association of Fruit Growers of Armamar (AFA) has contested the study by the network of non-governmental organizations “PAN Europe” on the amount of dangerous pesticides in Portuguese apples and pears. They claim it is outdated and does not have representative data.
Association president José Osório said that the study “should have taken into account the national data, published by the competent authorities, which are much more representative, impartial and credible.”
According to the study, Portuguese apples and pears are in second place in the ranking of the highest proportion of contaminated fruit in 2019. In 85% of the Portuguese pears tested and in 58% of all the apples tested, contamination by dangerous pesticides was found.
The AFA regretted the “very negative impact on the sector” caused by the news about this study.
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