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Green groups go to court over EU MRLs

EU environmentalist groups have taken legal action against the European Commission's new rules on pesticide maximum residue limits (MRLs), which came into force on September 1st. Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe claims the new legislation will allow MRLs to "dramatically increase" and will violate food safety. The new EU pesticide MRL Regulation (396/2005) harmonises MRLs by replacing national limits with EU-wide standards ( Agrow No 539, p 13).


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