The health authorities of the Netherlands have communicated to the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) an alert regarding organic avocados imported from Morocco containing residues of a phytosanitary substance, chlorpyrifos (CPF), prohibited in the European Union by posing a potential risk to the health of the consumer.
A check carried out by the importing company itself has detected residues in Moroccan avocados, which They were destined for supermarkets in Holland, Spain, Germany and Austria. Added to this is an infringement of European regulations on organic products, since a crop with pesticides, even those allowed by the EU, falls outside that category.
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), as well as A study from the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) of Tarragona and the University of Almería, link chlorpyrifos with neurological disorders and cases of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obesity, and impairment of intellectual capacity, learning and addiction control. It is also considered a permanent pollutant, since it persists in aquatic environments, passing to the trophic chain.
The Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA) describes the entry into the European Union (EU) of organic avocados from Morocco with chlorpyrifos residues as a “scandal and scam”. The agrarian organization thus echoes the interception by the Dutch authorities of a sample with a ratio of 0.29 milligrams / kilo, when its Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) is set at the minimum detectable in the laboratory, 0.01 mg / kg.
The president of AVA-ASAJA, Cristóbal Aguado, warns of “the special gravity that this new detection in agricultural imports entails because we are talking, not only about the presence of a tremendously high dose of a material that was suppressed more than a year ago, but also of an agricultural product that is sold as organic and, therefore, should not have residues of any synthetic substance.”
“If we take into account that the entry points inspect less than 10% of the shipments that arrive to us, this means that there are now avocados from Morocco without the proper sanitary guarantees. It’s a scam on all levels, both for the producers, as it is an unfair competition, and for the consumers, who are the object of deception ”.
AVA-ASAJA demands that the European Commission punish harshly, through precautionary measures that go beyond the destruction of detected batches, to those third countries that systematically fail to comply with the same standards that are required of European producers in the use of phytosanitary active ingredients.
For Aguado, “Brussels is rolling out a red carpet to foreign countries without reciprocity and without caring in the least if they displace us from our own market. The The EU should reconsider its misunderstood notion of globalization and stop prevailing the law of the jungle. We want, we need rigorous phytosanitary controls. We want, we need treaties with an impact study, reciprocity and strict compliance with the stipulated conditions. We want, we need one EU to protect its farmers and do not expel the youth from the field ”.