|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.