|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 as saying.
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.