Over 20.3 tons of Jordanian tomatoes have been withdrawn from a storage site in Ilfov County and from the clients they were distributed to, because they were exceeding the maximum level of pesticide residues, the batch being sent for destruction, National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) representatives stated on Thursday. ANSVSA inspectors carried out the control on Monday, February 22. According to an ANSVSA communiqué, inspectors verified 1,441 shipments of non-animal products, from January 1 to February 23 this year, and took 505 samples for lab tests.
The verifications were carried out at border crossing points and import points, and sought to establish the presence and the level of pesticide residues in imported fruits and vegetables.
Lab reports were issued for 440 of the 505 samples, lab tests being ongoing for the rest. Of the 440 samples analyzed, a single sample showed pesticide residues in excess of the maximum level admitted, namely the batch of tomatoes from Jordan, the rest of the samples being in line with the standards.