EC report: Ireland not testing for chemical residue on food

Posted July 22, 2004, as reported by (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.