EU pesticide ban could affect US growers

Mike Aerts, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s vice president of science and regulatory affairs, recently pointed out an update from the EU that could impact maximum residue limits (MRLs) allowed in the 27-member-country body.

Because the EU has been aggressively regulating its own pesticide registrations and the MRL process, the Minor Crop Farmer Alliance (MCFA) has been closely monitoring the regulatory environment there and how it might impact US agriculture. MCFA’s quarterly EU Pesticide Early Alert bulletin provides updates on all these activities.

Its most recent edition prompted Aerts to give notice to specialty crop growers that another round of important crop protection materials will be banned in the EU. He said that could impact MRLs for those active ingredients (AI) on crops being shipped to the EU. If the MRLs are vacated or are lowered further, it could in effect ban those imports from entering those countries.

Read the full article on citrusindustry.net.


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