Official control on residues of plant protection products in food - results for 2016 (IT)


It is now available the report prepared by the Italian Ministry of Health including the the results of pesticide residue controls in food for the year 2016.

Analyses were carried out on fruit and vegetables, cereals, some processed products such as oil and wine, important elements of the Italian and Mediterranean diet, baby food, and other products (processed fruit, vegetables, cereals, spices, seeds, etc.), as well as on organic products and on some foods of animal origin.

Sampling was carried out both on the national territory, by local health authorities, and on imports by the peripheral offices of the Ministry of Health.

Baby food, sampled according to the most recent indications in order to ensure greater protection of the most vulnerable parts of the population, show a full compliance and only one sample showed the presence of residues below the maximum permitted limits.

Like baby food, oil and wine did not present any irregularities, while in the fruit, vegetables, cereals and other products the percentage of irregularities found decreased compared to 2015.

As far as organic products are concerned, 95.9% of the samples had no residues while only 3.7% had some, (18 samples), out of these one (0.2%) was also found not compliant with Regulation 834/2007, while the others were considered compliant.  

Overall, in 2016, 11,263 food samples were analyzed to verify the presence of residues of plant protection products. Of these, only 92 included a percentage of residues higher than the maximum limits allowed by current legislation, with a percentage of irregularities equal to 0.8%.

The overall national results indicate an adequate level of consumer protection and the irregularities (0.8%) appear below the European average (1.6%).


The Report (in Italian)


Source: Ministry of Health