The results are published in full along with brand name details. They can be viewed on the Pesticides Safety Directorate website at http://www.pesticides.gov.uk.
The Pesticides Residue Committee (PRC) was established in March 2000 to supersede the Working Party on Pesticides Residues (WPPR). The PRC reports to Ministers and the Food Standards Agency. The Committee is in the process of being reconstituted, new appointments are being made and by the end of this year it will have a fully independent Membership.
The surveys published today cover strawberries garlic, onions, spring onions, lettuce, broccoli, infant food (fruit based), milk, duck, mayonnaise/salad cream and nut butters
Approximately 2500 samples in total are being collected in 2000. They will be tested for a wide range of pesticides at a total cost of £1.6 million pounds. Results from samples collected in the second quarter of 2000 are due to be published in February 2001. An annual survey report covering the full year 2000 programme will be published next September.
The pesticide residues surveillance results are available on the PSD website - http://www.pesticide.gov.uk.