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Parliamentary questions
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23 November 2017
E-007223-17
Question for written answer E-007223-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Eleonora Evi (EFDD) , Tiziana Beghin (EFDD) , Marco Valli (EFDD) , Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Laura Agea (EFDD) , Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD) , Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Marco Zullo (EFDD)

 Subject:  Glyphosate contamination of wheat imported from Canada
 Answer in writing 

A RAI(1) news report on glyphosate-contaminated pasta revealed that approximately 1.15 million tonnes of the wheat imported into Italy comes from Canada, where Roundup is often used before and after crops are sowed and before they are harvested.

According to the report, glyphosate residues were found in six of the most popular pasta brands(2), at concentrations lower than the maximum residue level (MRL) per grain (10mg/kg) as provided by the legislation in force(3).

However, the data should be interpreted in a much wider context, taking into account the presence of glyphosate in other foods, together with the acute reference dose (ARfD) in Europe of 0.5 mg/kg body weight.

The use of glyphosate prior to harvesting is banned in Italy(4).

Furthermore, the EFSA has called on Member States to develop and implement analytical measures for monitoring glyphosate and its metabolites(5), while CETA entered into force provisionally on 21 September 2017.

In view of this:

Is the Commission aware of Canadian wheat sample analyses revealing excess MRL levels and how does it intend to guarantee compliance with more stringent rules for pesticides under the ‘regulatory cooperation’ chapter of CETA?

Supporter(6)

(1)http://www.report.rai.it/dl/Report/puntata/ContentItem-fb8aa070-a2e0-436b-ae1f-9b6ccaf0ed25.html
(2)Barilla 0.301, Garofalo 0.286, Divella 0.249, Rummo 0.137, La Molisana 0.086, De Cecco 0.083 mg/kg
(3)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32008R0149&from=EN
(4)http://www.trovanorme.salute.gov.it/norme/renderNormsanPdf?anno=2016&codLeg=55619&parte=1%20&serie=null
(5)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2017.4791/epdf
(6)In addition to the authors, this question is also supported by: Rosa D'Amato (EFDD).

Original language of question: IT 
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