The EEA Joint Committee decided yesterday to incorporate Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1274/11 on pesticide analysis into the EEA Agreement.
The multiannual control program for 2012 – 2014 ensures compliance with maximum levels of pesticides in and on food of plant and animal origin.
Thirty to forty foodstuffs constitute the major components of the diet in the European Economic Area. Since pesticide uses show significant changes over a period of three years, pesticides should be monitored in those foodstuffs over a series of three-year cycles to allow consumer exposure and the application of the legislation to be assessed.
The principle aim of this Regulation is to take and analyse samples of pesticides and product combinations as set out in the Annexes of the Regulation. The collection of these samples should be apportioned among the EEA/EU States according to population numbers, with a certain number of samples per product and per year. The first multiannual community control program was established in 2008, covering the years 2009 – 2011.