Changes in EU – legislation for residues of Chlorate and Perchlorate

The Analysis of Chlorate and Perchlorate

For both Chlorate and Perchlorate, changes in EU legislation have recently been published.

Maximum residue limits will apply for Chlorate from the 28th of June.

In Europe, the use of chlorate as a plant protection product has been banned for a number of years. In addition to this direct application as a plant protection product, chlorate can also occur in water as degradation products of disinfectants. If this water is used as irrigation during cultivation of crops, there is a chance that the final product contains too much chlorate. The MRLs in potatoes, vegetables, fruit and other foods varies between 0.05 and 0.7 mg / kg of product. The MRLs are set in regulation EC 749/2020 and are effective from the 28th of June 2020.

Maximum levels for Perchlorate in fruit and vegetables, tea, baby food and cereals from the 1st of July.

Perchlorate is one of the contaminants that can get into food. This chemical compound occurs naturally in our environment, but even more because it is a degradation product of fertilizers or disinfectants. Crops can absorb Perchlorate which can result in the contamination of fruits and vegetables with Perchlorate. Long-term consumption of products with perchlorate can cause health risks. That is why the EU has decided to include the levels of Perchlorate in certain products in Regulation EC 1881/2006. From the 1st of July 2020, these maximum levels will apply to the product groups: fruit and vegetables, tea, baby food and processed cereal-based foods.

 

Perchlorate MRL (mg/kg)
Fruit and vegetables excluding

Cucurbitaceae and Kale

—Leafy vegetables and Herbs

0,05

0,10

0,50

Tea (Camellia sinensis), dried

Herbal and fruit teas, dried

0,75
Infant formulas, follow-on formulas, nutrition for

medical use for infants and young children and toddler food (*)

Baby food

Processed cereal-based foods

0,01

 

0,02

0,01

(*) Preschool food includes milk-based drinks and similar protein-based products for toddlers. These products fall outside the scope of Regulation (EU) No 609/2013

The Residulab of Groen Agro Control can examine your products for Chlorate and Perchlorate residues. For this we have an in-house LC-MSMS method with 0.01 mg/kg as reporting limit. For more information about Perchlorate or Chlorate and the analysis for these residues, please contact us. The MRLs for specific products can also be found in the EU pesticide database (Chlorate) or in the appendix of regulations EC 749/2020 or EC 1881/2006.

The laboratories of Groen Agro Control are fully operational

Because the majority of our analyses are carried out in the context of food safety, we are an important part of the food sector. This is why it is very important that our 3 laboratories are fully operational. In this hectic period, the specialists at our laboratories are busy with the analysis of your samples.

For more information, please contact one of our product managers at info@agrocontrol.nl

Updates of the residue screening in fresh produce, cereals and crops

The specialists of our pesticide residue laboratory have recently completed a number of important developments. For the matrices Fresh Produce, Cereals and Crops, various improvements have been made to the Multi-residue methods. New analysis lists for Fresh Produce, Cereals, Crops and Other Matrices will apply from the 24th of February. Below the changes at a glance.

  • New components have been added to the analysis lists of fresh produce, cereals and crops:
    • GC-MSMS: Chlorobenzuron, 2-Phenylhydroquinone, Pyribenzoxime.
    • LC-MSMS: Chlorobenzuron, Fenpicoxamide, Flamprop-methyl, Metamifop, Oxathiapipronil, Thiencarbazone-methyl, Pyriophenone, Bistrifluron
  • Cereals, analysis of mycotoxins has been added to specific analyses.
  • Other matrices, the LOQ of the LC-MSMS has been lowered to 0.01 mg / kg

The new analysis lists can be found on our website.

Analysis of Chlorpropham in fresh produce and swab samples

It is important for growers to analyze potatoes for Chlorpropham. In the course of this year, the European Commission will announce a temporary MRL for Chlorpropham in potatoes. Until the moment of publication of the new MRL, the existing MRL (10 mg / kg) remains in force.

Since this year it is not allowed to use Chlorpropham anymore. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will advise the European Commission on the temporary MRL value. In her advice, EFSA takes into account cross-contamination of potatoes in storage sheds in which Chlorpropham was previously used.

There is still a significant chance that low concentrations of Chlorpropham are measured in potato samples stored in sheds where Chlorpropham was used in the past. If your products do not contain Chlorpropham, this could mean that adjustments to the storage shed are not necessary.

Would you like to check your product for Chlorpropham? Groen Agro Control is an accredited (NEN-EN-ISO 17025) laboratory. Our GC-MSMS analysis method is accredited for potatoes, vegetables and fruit. The analysis of the Chlorpropham component is further accredited in the fresh produce samples. It is also possible to sample surfaces in the storage sheds with swabs or tissues and check these for Chlorpropham residues. For questions, please contact product manager Joke de Geus.

Groen Agro Control Biofach

From 12 to 15 February 2020, Groen Agro Control will be at the BioFach in Neurenberg. This fair is the largest fair in the field of organic food in Europe. During this we inform visitors about our analyzes for organic products. Groen Agro Control has a wide range of analyses that are relevant to the organic sector such as pesticide residues, heavy metals, mycotoxins and microbiological analyses. Come and visit us at our stand 9-372

Groen Agro Control at the Fruit Logistica

From 5 to 7 February you can visit us at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin. During this exhibition, product manager Michel Witmer will inform visitors about the services that Groen Agro Control has to offer. Laboratory manager Hassan el Khallabi is also present for substantive questions about measuring residues of plant protection products in fruit and vegetable products. Thirdly, you can also meet the colleagues of Groen Agro Control Peru. We look forward to welcoming you to our stand B-19 in Hall 3.2. Groen Agro Control would like to welcome you with refreshing vegetable juices.

Groen Agro Control wishes you a healthy 2020

Have you heard of the cress plants? Watch the video below and discover the small plants that are full of healthy nutrients.

Expansion of our Laboratory in Delfgauw

On the 9th of December the construction of our new laboratory and office building has started. Our new main building will connect our 2 existing Laboratories in Delfgauw.

In the new building there will be enough space for expansion of the existing Laboratories, meeting rooms, and a presentation room for courses and symposia.

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Preventing bacteria and viruses in a greenhouse with a good hygiene protocol

Good hygiene in horticulture is essential to keep bacteria, fungi and viruses out. For some viruses, such as the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV), hygiene is currently the only cure to prevent this. To ensure that the greenhouses comply with good hygiene, it is for example good to check whether the disinfection measures have been effective. Groen Agro Control can perform various analyzes to check this.

By going through risk spots with a swab or pressure plate, it is possible to check how clean a place is. A risk spot in the greenhouse for example is, the cultivation gutter. From here, recontamination to the new crop often occurs.

Wondering if your hygiene measures have been effective? Or do you need advice about hygiene measures? Then contact hygiene specialist Ines van Marrewijk by sending an email to  i.vanmarrewijk@agrocontrol.nl or by calling 015 257 25 11. Or read more information here.

Delft Research Group has raised 57 places in the Hillenraad top-100 in three years

The Delft Research Group has secured the 23th place in the Hillenraad100 this year. We have raised 57 places in three years. From position 80 in 2016 to position 23 in 2019.
We thank this position to the innovations technological solutions within our companies such as the reliable analyzes of our laboratory Green Agro Control.