In the world of food safety, Italy won the first place in Europe with the least number of food products containing pesticide residues above the limit (0.3 per cent). Chemical residues on food in Italy were also five times lower than the European average (1.5 per cent of irregularities) and even 26-fold lower than non-European Union countries (7.9 per cent of irregularities).
The figure emerges from an analysis conducted by EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, on over 77,000 samples of 582 different foods recently published in their Annual Report on pesticide residues in food. According to the report, one out of every two products that are circulating in Europe did not have any trace of chemical residues from pesticides, while 98.4 percent of the samples tested had residues within the limits. The percentage of samples taken in Italy rose to 99.7 percent.
In more than four out of five cases (83 percent), Chinese cabbage were found with values beyond the limits allowed. The same is also held true for broccoli (irregular 77 per cent of cases) and tomatoes (47 per cent of cases) from the Asian country. Other unhealthy foods by country included grapes from India (65 percent exceedance), Indian pepper (42 per cent), Slovenian peas, Argentinian garlic, and Brazilian potatoes.
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