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Parliamentary questions
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25 October 2017
E-006663-17
Question for written answer E-006663-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nuno Melo (PPE)

 Subject:  Pesticides in European food
 Answer in writing 

A study by the European Food Safety Authority, which analysed over 84 000 food samples in 2015, has revealed that 97.2% of those foods contained traces of pesticides, while 6.5% contained pesticide residues over the permitted limits and had been imported from third countries. According to the study, the worst affected foods are bananas, raisins, peppers, orange juice, aubergines, broccoli, olive oil, wheat, butter and eggs. This ‘chemical cocktail’ of pesticides in food can reduce fertility in human beings, increase the risk of certain types of tumours, and lead to diabetes and obesity.

What information does the Commission have on this subject?

What steps will the Commission take, bearing in mind that the percentage given above is clear proof that EU import checks are manifestly ineffective, and in light of the resulting public health risks?

Original language of question: PT 
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