As Christmas approaches, PAN Europe has asked if the fresh food on Europe's dining tables is safe. Its survey, in four EU countries this autumn, shows that most produce sampled had multiple traces of harmful pesticides, often several times maximum permitted doses.
"The European Commission has endangered public health for many years by failing to protect food supplies from excessive pesticide contamination."
Environmental campaigners have expressed qualified support for today's official signing by the European Parliament of an historic set of laws on pesticides.
In one of the final legislative acts of the 2004-2009 Parliamentary session, soon to adjourn prior to elections in June, the European Parliament today confirmed its support for a new deal on EU pesticides legislation.
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Following months of political negotiations, the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) today voted on proposals for a Regulation and Framework Directive on the use and authorisation of pesticides.
Fruits, vegetables and cereals sold throughout the European Union contain record levels of pesticides - according to an official report to be published later this month.
From 1 September 2008, the maximum legal limits on the level of pesticides allowed in food items sold in the EU will dramatically increase.
The UK government is today participating in a media initiative aimed at attacking proposed European legislation that would remove the most hazardous pesticides from food produce grown in the EU.