Further data sought on potato residue levels

The government's Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) has expressed concern about continued residues of the sprout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC) on stored potatoes over permitted maximum residue levels (MRLs).

While the ACP has agreed that product authorisations can continue, this will be contingent on more data from approval holders as well as further residue monitoring by the industry.

Fresh Potato Suppliers Association chairman David Walker said: "There must not be further MRL exceedances and we will step up monitoring to support the stewardship scheme."

Best practice guidelines are available at www.becipc compliant.co.uk, supported by the industry-led CIPC Stewardship Group.

Potato Council head of research and development Mike Storey, who chairs the group, said: "The whole industry needs to fully engage with the campaign."

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