|Posted July 22,
2004, as reported by just-food.com (6/7/04):
Irish food authorities have not been reliably testing
for pesticides and other chemical residues in food, according
to the European Commission.
Aquaculture was singled out as a major area of concern.
"Residue controls in the aquaculture sector demonstrate
a number of significant shortcomings," the newspaper
quoted a recent report by the EU's directorate of health
EU officials raised specific concern over the use of
the banned cancer-causing chemical malachite green in
Irish fish farms, reported the Irish Independent.
An inspection last year also discovered shortcomings
with the testing of fruit and vegetables for pesticide
residues. The inspection revealed that less than 20%
of available pesticides were tested for.