The Rapid Alert Committee on Food and Feed (RASFF), a European institution that is a source for reporting food safety within the European Union, revealed on its official website that the European Union refused to import fruit from Turkey recently.
The web page, which shows the European Union’s refusal to import large quantities of Turkish fruit, sparked a lot of controversy in Turkey, in terms of the authorities’ lack of objection to the quality of the fruit exported to Europe and its circulation in the country’s local markets.
The European Foundation announced on its website the reason for the European Union’s refusal to import Turkish fruits.
This fruit contains additional quantities of “chlorpyrifos”, an insecticide that European countries are prohibited from using on their lands. Therefore, the European Union refused to import it from Turkey because it contained additional quantities of pesticide residues.
Turkish food engineers criticized their country’s government for not banning the use of “chlorpyrifos”, which has been used in Turkey for decades, even though researchers warned years ago of its continuing repercussions on public health, especially in children.
“The European Union is rejecting shipments of Turkish fruits because they contain significant levels of chlorpyrifos residues, which are banned from use under EU standards,” Bulent Çek, a well-known food engineer, said on his official Twitter account.
Chlorpyrifos is very harmful to the nervous system of children and its use is prohibited by the European Union, but it is used in our country
The food engineer attached to his tweet an image of a webpage from the Food and Feed Rapid Alert Committee website, which actually shows the European Union’s refusal to import quantities of Turkish fruit.
In another tweet, Cech wrote a letter to the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture, in which he said, “Chlorpyrifos is very harmful to the nervous system of children and its use is prohibited by the European Union, but it is used in our country.” Addressing the ministry, he added: “Do you have a comment?”
Although the European Union announced its refusal to import Turkish fruits due to health concerns, an employee of the Republican People’s Party, Turkey’s main opposition party, and who works in the Ministry of Agriculture denied that this was true.
The EU may already have health concerns about importing Turkish fruit, but Ankara has been using chlorpyrifos since 1965 Ministry of Agriculture employee
The employee, on condition of anonymity, told Al Arabiya.net: “The European Union may already have health concerns about importing Turkish fruits, but Ankara has been using chlorpyrifos since 1965, and therefore the European Union should have announced these concerns years ago.”
He added, “The reasons for the European Union’s refusal to import Turkish fruits are primarily due to the tense relations between Ankara and Brussels, especially since the Union imports large quantities of Turkish vegetables and fruits, and its refusal to do so will exacerbate the economic crisis that our country has been experiencing for years.”
The Turkish employee also stressed the need to prevent Ankara from using “chlorpyrifos”, which harms public health, as he put it.
The European Union, which previously demanded that Turkey adhere to EU standards, especially with regard to pesticide residues, is a major market for the export of Turkish fruits and vegetables.
Years ago, Ankara concluded several agreements with the European Union when it intended to obtain the right to membership in the European Union, but it did not abide by most of them, as it did when it withdrew months ago from the “Istanbul” agreement that protects Turkish women from domestic violence