Written question – Chlordecone – E-003456/2018

EU Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 set the maximum residue limits (MRL) for the pesticide chlordecone.

For vegetables for consumption, the maximum permitted amount of chlordecone is 0.01 mg/kg for certain products (which conforms to the detection limit and is therefore with the strictest possible standard), but more often is 0.02 mg/kg.

Furthermore, with regard to animal products, EU Regulation (CE) No 839/2008 set the MRL at 0.1 mg/kg for meat, (or 0.2 mg/kg for poultry), and 0.02 mg/kg for other products derived from animals (e.g. milk, honey etc.).

However, the regulation does not set any MRL for fish, fish products, shell fish, molluscs and other marine and freshwater food products; this is very surprising given the fact that high concentrations of chlordecone residues are found in these food products as they originate from contaminated areas.

The EU imports products from areas where chlordecone has been brought into use, particularly from the West Indies, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and South America. Bringing these products back onto the European market therefore poses a risk to all European consumers.

Is the Commission planning to amend Regulation (CE) No 839/2008 so that the chlordecone MRL is set at 0.01 mg/kg for all animal and vegetable products?

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