The German authorities have issued an warning to German consumers over imported Moroccan green beans that contain high concentrations of pesticide residue. According to Spanish horticultural newspaper Hortoinfo, the Moroccan green beans contained the fungicide Penconazole, at four times its maximum residue level. The beans were imported into Germany via Italy.
In January, German authorities decided to withdraw Moroccan peppers from the market after finding a high concentration of pesticide residue. The pesticide levels in the peppers grown in Morocco exceeded the maximum limit of the European Union by 1,233%. Morocco is one of the major tomato exporters in the global market. In 2019, Morocco exported 588,000 tons of tomatoes.
Moroccoworldnews.com cites a 2020 investigation by Unearthed and Public Eye revealed that Morocco is one of the top destinations for European exports of toxic pesticides that are banned in the EU, exporting more than 81,000 tonnes of hazardous pesticides to 85 countries in 2018.