Food Law News - EU - 1997

30 June 1997: PESTICIDE RESIDUES - New Amending Directive Adopted

Press Release (PRES/97/210), 30 June 1997

Pesticide Residues - New Amending Directive Adopted

At the Agriculture Council meeting (Luxembourg, 23, 24 and 25 June 1997), the Council adopted by a qualified majority (with the German delegation voting against) a directive amending current Community legislation fixing the maximum levels for pesticide residues in a lot of categories of food: fruit and vegetables, cereals, and foodstuffs of animal and plant origin.

The main aims of the Directive are to:

This proposal had been referred to the Council in June 1995. Subject to the Opinion of the European Parliament, the Permanent Representatives Committee had reached political agreement on the proposal in December 1995. The European Parliament adopted its Opinion at its September 1996 plenary. In the light of that Opinion, the Commission submitted an amended proposal to the Council in February 1997.

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