The European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) announced that two food shipments from Serbia were stopped, one intended for the Slovenian market and the other for Croatia.
As stated on the RASFF website, on October 18, Slovenia returned frozen blackberries from Serbia, due to the excessive presence of iprodione. Namely, the permitted amount of this pesticide is 0.1 milligrams per kilogramme and the shipment contained 0.23 milligrams per kilogramme. However, the site states that the risk to human health is not great.
The second shipment, returned on October 25, concerns nutritional supplements intended for the Croatian market, which are characterized as potentially risky, containing “unauthorized substances”.
This year, several food shipments were returned from EU borders. In early August, a shipment of Serbian chips was not delivered to Croatia, because it contained a high level of carcinogenic acrylamide.
Not long after, Serbian peaches were also returned from the Croatian border, in which more pesticides than allowed were found. Also, at the beginning of July, peaches produced in our country were returned from the border with Slovenia, due to the high concentration of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.
In late August, plums from Serbia were also returned from the border with Croatia, due to residues of the pesticide chlorpyrifos and potential health risks. A month earlier, a shipment of smoked salmon was returned from the border because of the bacteria that causes listeriosis (Listeria monocytogenes).
Also, in mid-September, cucumbers were returned from the Slovenian border, in which the fungicide metalaxyl was found.
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