The directive sets a maximum limit of 0.01 mg/kg for individual pesticides in processed cereal-based foods and baby foods, and prohibits the use of certain more toxic pesticides in the agricultural products intended for their manufacture. The directive additionally includes provision for scientifically justifiable limits to be set for individual pesticides following a case by case review.
Member States are required to introduce regulations and permit trade in complying products by 30 June 2000. Trade in non-compliant products will be prohibited from 1 July 2002. Draft implementing regulations will be issued for public consultation in due course.