German authorities order a batch of Turkish tomatoes to be withdrawn from the market due to chlorothalonil residues

On March 29, the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)  reported that the German health authorities had ordered a batch of tomatoes from Türkiye to be withdrawn from the market after they detected the tomatoes had 0.21 mg/kg-ppm residues of chlorothalonil, a substance that is banned in the European Union and that has a maximum residue limit (MRL) of 0.01 mg/kg-ppm.

The use of chlorothalonil was banned by the European Commission in April 2020, following an evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), because it causes DNA damage, poses a high risk to amphibians and fish, and above all because it is a factor that strongly related to the disappearance of bees, bumblebees, and other pollinators.

Given the possibility that the product has already been bought and is no longer on supermarket shelves, a warning has been issued to consumers.


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