§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what checks are carried out to check for pesticide residues, and in particular DDT residues, on imports of fruit and vegetables from Spain.
§ Mr. Maclean
The Government undertake a continuous monitoring programme of fruit and vegetables and other major food commodity groups from all sources, including Spain, to ensure that residue levels of DDT and other pesticides do not exceed statutory levels contained in the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Food) Regulations 1988. The results are published; the latest report covering the period 1985 to 1989 was published by HMSO in 1989 (Food Surveillance Paper No. 25).