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Is there a health risk from pesticide residues on cut flowers?

To prevent cut flowers from being eaten by pests while they are still growing in the fields or greenhouses, they are often treated with pesticides to protect them. The use of pesticides is permitted. But what does this mean for consumers who have such flowers at home?


New evaluations from the BfR have been published


Currently, there are no maximum residue levels for pesticides on cut flowers in the EU. However, according to Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009, there is an obligation for an authorization procedure in which the amount of pesticide the user is exposed to is evaluated. For example, exposure is evaluated for a florist who works with cut flowers the whole day.


The BfR has published the statement that there is no risk from pesticide residues on cut flowers. However, it is still recommended that florists particular wear gloves at work and follow hygienic measures.


What can bilacon do?


Many consumers still want flowers that have little/no pesticide residues and increasingly buy Fairtrade or organic flowers. The bilacon supports producers and sellers in proving that their flowers have little or no pesticide contamination, in order to give florists and consumers a good feeling when buying flowers.


If you have any questions about our service, please feel free to contact us. Our residue expert will be happy to assist you.


Roy Sperling

+49 (0) 30 206 038 320

Source: BfR


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