27 000 tonnes of sunflower seeds found to contain excess levels of pesticide
Question for written answer E-002189-19
to the Commission
Daniel Buda (PPE)
Inspectors from Constanța’s Plant Health Office have discovered over 27 000 tonnes of sunflower seeds containing excess levels of the fungicide metalaxyl. The seeds were intended for export to Turkey and Portugal. Almost 12 tonnes originating from two economic operators in Romania have already been delivered to Portugal and been processed.
The inspections came after the European Feed and Food Ingredients Safety Certification organisation (EFISC-GTP) issued a series of warnings of a risk of excess levels of metalaxyl in seeds from Romania. Following that warning, inspectors from Romania’s National Plant Health Authority located the 27 000 tonnes of seeds and impounded them in a warehouse in the port of Constanța. Sixty tonnes will be incinerated and the rest processed into industrial grade oil.
What tools does the Commission have at its disposal to prevent such exports?