Vegetables coming from the flooded areas are all right07/01/2003
Laboratory analyses didn′t prove inadmissible amount of either pesticide residues so-called organochlorinated pesticides (specifically DDT, lindane, HCB and HCH) nor heavy metals (lead, kadmium and mercury). The traces of these substances weren′t found in the majority of analysed samples. 4 selected samples (potatoes, carrots and lettuces) were analysed to find a content of polychlorinated bifenyls (PCB) and laid down ĺimits weren′t exceeded in these cases.
The inspectorate took and analysed the samples in connection with last year's floods to check out whether vegetables, grown in the affected areas, weren′t really contaminated. The inspectors took the samples as at farmers, so at small growers.
According to the experts, possible findings of other pesticide residues couldn′t relate to last year's floods. In all probability they may have come from preparations which must have been used for treatment of plants in relatively recent time. So-called „modern“ pesticides, which are used and authorized nowadays, are composed so that they decompose gradually by natural way in the environment, by force of light, heat, oxygen and humidity during the protective period, then for a determinate time before harvest. Therefore the cumulation of their residues can′t arise in the plants and food chain.
From the results of analyses it is apparent, that fears of consumers aren′t well-founded.