Baby Plum tomato with Zero Pesticide Residue
After 3 years of work for our Quality and Production teams, the AZURA Group, leader in the tomato market, presents in 2019 a new range of Cherry Tomato Extended guaranteed "Zero Residue of Pesticides".
This Zero Residue of Pesticides initiative implemented on one of our flagship products reinforces the good practices implemented in our production farms, namely the choice of tomatoes varieties more resistant to pests, the use of natural pesticides each time that is possible, but also integrated pest management, which involves introducing insect pest enemies into our greenhouses to promote natural defense.
How to characterize a tomato "Zero Residue of Pesticides"?
A "pesticide residue" is a trace of synthetic pesticide that can be found on or in tomato after treatment with synthetic plant protection products.
To speak of "residue trace" on a tomato, one must be able to identify at least one trace of residual active ingredient - or a product derived from that active ingredient - using the detection instruments in force in the Union European.
Conversely, we speak of "Absence of pesticide residue" when the analyzes have percentages lower than the Quantification limit. This Quantization limit is the lowest concentration that is technically identifiable with reliability, ie 0,01 mg / kg.
Warning ! The term "Zero Residue of Pesticides" should not be confused with MRLs (Maximum Residue Limits)
MRLs are the highest levels of pesticide residues legally permitted in the European Union "in" or "on" food. These MRLs are based on good agricultural practice & minimum consumer exposure to protect the most vulnerable people (eg children).
In any case, the MRLs are set so that the amount of residues that an individual is likely to find daily in his diet are in no way toxic in the short and long term. There is therefore a specific MRL for each couple "Active pesticide substance / Commodity" (whether a fruit, a vegetable or a cereal)
For fruits and vegetables, the MRL is based on products neither washed nor peeled (*)
What impact does the Zero Residue of Pesticides initiative have on Azura?
The production of Azura "Zero Pesticide Residue" Azura Cherry Tomatoes requires a higher level of requirement than simply respecting the MRLs in each of the production farms where our tomatoes are grown.
The compliance of this claim with the Azura Layered Cherries is evidenced by regular analyzes confirming the absence of pesticide residues on our products, carried out by 2 independent and COFRAC certified firms.
(*) Sources: Agency European Food Safety (EASA) and French Health Security Agency (HANDLES)