Spray away: vine leaves not subject to presticide rules

September 30, 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.