Food Safety Magazine: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released its annual report on pesticide residues in food. Upon collection of food samples in the EU, 97 percent were either free of any pesticide residues, or contained traces that were within the EU’s legal limits. Besides this primary finding, other results from the report include: Of the 97 percent that were pesticide free or within legal limits, 53.6 percent of those were free of quantifiable residues and 43.4 percent contained residues that were within permitted concentrations. Of the samples originating from EU/European Economic Area countries, 1.6 percent contained residues exceeding legal limits; the corresponding figure for samples from third countries was 6.5 percent. 98.8 percent of organic products were either free of residues or contained residues within legal limits.

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