ERIS without knowledge of the arrival of contaminated fruit to the country from Europe


The director of food regulation at the Independent Health Regulatory Entity (ERIS) said that the entity “has no information” on the arrival of contaminated fruit in Cape Verde from Europe.

Edson Santos was speaking to journalists following a workshop on Codex Alimentarius standards for food safety, aimed at members of the National Codex Alimentarius Committee and the National Contact Point, when he was confronted with the matter.

“We don't have this information. It may have arrived, but ERIS has not yet had any information on this aspect”, reinforced Edson Santos.

Information published by the Portuguese press reports that the autumn fruit in Europe, including the Portuguese one, is “highly contaminated” with “dangerous pesticides”.

The information is contained in a report by the non-governmental organization “Pesticides Action Network Europe” (PAN Europe) released on Monday, and quoted by Lusa.

Based on official data, Lusa advances the report indicates that a large part of European pears (49%), table grapes (44%), apples (34%), plums (29%) and raspberries (25%) were sold with pesticide residues linked to increased risk of cancer, birth deformities, heart disease and other serious health problems.

The organization even notes that most of the pesticides in question are a threat, albeit at very low doses.

In the document, entitled “Pesticide Paradise”, it is noted that Portuguese pears were among the most contaminated (68%), behind Belgian (71%) and Dutch (70%) pears.

Among the least contaminated were the Romanians, Latvians and Swedes.


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