"Reported amounts of phthalates in Tunisian organic olive oil do not exceed 0.7 mg/kg (Ministry of Agriculture) | Tunisia News Gazette

“Reported amounts of phthalates in Tunisian organic olive oil do not exceed 0.7 mg/kg (Ministry of Agriculture)

Following the investigation published in the latest issue of French magazine “60 Millions de consommateurs, conducted on 74 organic products of varied geographical origin and which revealed that Tunisian olive oil organism does not show traces of pesticides, but two organic brands from Tunisia, contain plasticizers, including phthalates, the Ministry of Agriculture pointed in statement Tuesday to “the absence of national, European or international legislation that sets the maximum tolerated limit for phthalates in organic products”.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries added that a few non-binding recommendations have been made to this effect by associations like the German association “BNN”, which sets the tolerated level of phthalates at 1 mg / kg.

The same source pointed out that despite the non-mandatory nature of these recommendations, exporters of Tunisian organic olive oil automatically carry out analyses in accredited laboratories to reveal traces of phthalates, knowing that the quantities recorded by the investigation in the brands mentioned in the article does not exceed 0.7 mg / kg.

The ministry also stressed that the absence of traces of pesticides in Tunisian organic olive oil confirms the effectiveness and credibility of the control systems used in Tunisian organic farming and the commitment of all stakeholders in this sector and enhances the recognition enjoyed by the country with the European Union as a producer and exporter of organic products.

Source: TAP News Agency

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