In 2021, the Stuttgard CVUAS laboratory detected the presence of pesticides that exceeded the thresholds established by law in numerous samples. Turkey was at the top of the list with 34% of non-compliant samples, followed by Egypt (18%), France (14%), China (13%), Italy (5%), Morocco (5%), Germany (4%), Spain (3%). These figures are far above, for example, the average of Italian non-conformities, which is around 2%.
"We need to be careful, especially abroad. International supermarket chains are in fact very strict. At Sicural, we can provide our clients with the Acceptability reports of the main foreign chains . Even if a product complies with the thresholds set out by the law, a retailer may reject it because it does not comply with its own stricter protocol. This is why it is helpful to have the right information and work with a laboratory authorized for most molecules and always up to date when it comes to big retail chain restrictions," explained Silvia Zuccherelli and Maverik Bezzi from Sicural.
Over the past year, also following the introduction on a European level of new thresholds, the number of non-compliant samples has increased. For example, there were many non-compliances in 2021 concerning ethylene oxide, for which seeds and spices tested positive as reported by the European Commissions. But other molecules such as ammonium salts, chlorates, nicotine and dithiocarbamates must be researched and be below the thresholds imposed by the law or the big retail chains.
"Self-checks are the best way to access all markets - both domestic and foreign ones. Our laboratory provides a complete service for multi-residue analyses."