The 2018 European Union Report on pesticide residues - the EU-coordinated programme results

According to Regulation (EU) No 2017/660 (i.e. the EUCP Regulation), reporting countries sampled different food products: aubergines, bananas, broccoli, cultivated fungi, grapefruit, melons, sweet peppers, table grapes, wheat grain, virgin olive oil, chicken eggs and bovine fat. The outcome of the analysis of these samples are presented in this data visualization. Whenever possible comparison with 2015 EUCP results has been carried out.

The terminology used throughout the description of the data refers to:

  • Samples without quantifiable residues i.e. results where the analytes were not present in concentrations at or exceeding the limit of quantification (LOQ). The LOQ is the smallest concentration of an analyte that can be quantified. It is commonly defined as the minimum concentration of the analyte in the test sample that can be determined with acceptable precision and accuracy.
  • Samples with quantified residues below or equal to the MRL refer to samples contained quantified residues of one or several pesticides in concentrations below or at the MRL but above the LOQ.
  • Samples with quantified residues above the MRL for one or several pesticides, refers to samples exceeding the legal limit as reported by the Member States