Europe agreed to maintain limits on agrochemicals on pineapple

The European Union has maintain the residue levels for Ethepon agrochemical on pineapples, thereby eliminating the uncertainty that reigned since March.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Ethepon is an agrochemical that is used to help with ripening and the final color of pineapples that are exported.

The maximum limits were at 2 milligrams per kilo. In March, the EU announced that it was revising those levels and there was the possibility of a reduction to 0.05 milligrams per kilo.

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Starting November, regulations will allow lower limits for the agrochemical known as Ethepon.

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