2004, as reported by just-food.com: Vine leaves
are not subject to pesticide residue limits under the
pesticide residue legislation, an advocate general will
file as his advice to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
The court is investigating the issue after Finnish
vine leaf importer E. Gavrielides Oy, appealed a decision
by Finnish customs to block a delivery of leaves after
they ruled the leaves contained too much pesticide.
The company appealed under the condition that leaves
do not fall under the pesticide residue legislation
that sets maximum residue limits (MRLs) for food commodities.
The decision was referred to the advocate general whose
advice is usually followed by the full court. If his
reading that vines leaves are not subject to regulation
is confirmed, the ruling would set legal precedent across
the entire EU.