20 de noviembre de 2018
3 ALERTS OF TURKISH LEMONS ALREADY CONFIRMED BY EU CONTROL SYSTEM THIS SEASON
AILIMPO SENDS A REMINDER THAT EUROPEAN CLIENTS SHOULD CONSIDER THE POTENTIAL RISKS OF LEMONS COMING FROM TURKEY
Murcia, 20thNovember 2018
For the last 3 years, lemons exported from Turkey into the European Union have been screened at the EU border to check whether they strictly fulfill European legislation in terms of pesticide residue levels. The actual minimum screening percentage has been fixed at 10% of the lots including in all cases laboratory analysis, since Turkish lemons are considered to be a product at risk in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 669/2009.
The EU has acknowledged that since the start of the 2018/2019 season in September, the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has notified 3 health alerts following the detection in Bulgary of 3 batches of Turkish lemons with chlorpyrifos present in concentrations that more than doubled the currently valid MRL (Maximum Residue Limit) established in the EU. Following these detections the batches were destroyed or re exported to a non EU market.
The Spanish lemon and grapefruit interbranch organization, AILIMPO (Asociación Interprofesional de Limón y Pomelo) has expressed its concern and underscores that “the 3 alerts already confirm by the EU authorities confirm the existence of the serious management issues facing the Turkish sector, which has proven not to be capable of providing European clients with food safety guarantees”. AILIMPO also adds that “this situation should no doubt be considered by European clients when planning their lemon supply schedules from Turkey in the coming weeks”.