The farmers association of Valence (AVA-ASAJA) denounced in a press release the entry into the European Union of organic avocados from Morocco containing residues of Chlorpyrifos, a phytosanitary substance whose use is prohibited because of the danger it represents for human health.
“The Dutch authorities [...] intercepted a sample of avocados from Morocco containing a phytosanitary substance with a ratio of 0.29 mg/kg, while the maximum limit for residues is fixed at 0.01 mg/kg detectable in a lab. These avocados were destined for the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Austria,” according to the farming organization in a press release.
The president of AVA-ASAJA, Cristobal Aguado, condemns these avocado imports. “We are talking about extremely high levels of a substance that was banned over a year ago, and on a product marketed as organic, which therefore should not contain any residue of synthetic substances,” explains Aguado who denounces “a scam at all levels, for the producers who are subject to unfair competition, and for the consumers who are being deceived.”
“Given that the entry points inspect less than 10% of the shipments, this means that there are currently avocados from Morocco without proper sanitary guarantees,” explains the president of the association who wants the European Commission to take sanctions against Morocco for violation of the EU standards in the use of phytosanitary substances. But in the meantime, he asks the Commission to proceed with the immediate destruction of the intercepted avocados.
“The European Union should reconsider its misconstrued notion of globalization and stop promoting the law of the jungle. We want and need rigorous phytosanitary controls. We want and need a European Union that protects its farmers and does not chase young people away from the countryside,” concludes Cristobal Aguado.