Apr. 25, 2017
Fruits and vegetables exceeding maximum residue limits (MRL) of pesticides will be banned from importation into the UAE by May 15 to protect human health, officials said.
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) issued an advisory noting that it has “banned imports of certain vegetables and fruits from select countries with effect from May 15, 2017 as those products have been found to contain pesticide residues in excess of permissible limits".
Some of the foods to be banned include “all varieties of pepper from Egypt, pepper, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, squash, beans and eggplant from Jordan, apples from Lebanon, melons, carrots and watercress from Oman and all types of fruit from Yemen are on the list of banned produce,” the ministry said.
"The countries that will be impacted by the ban include Egypt, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen,” the ministry announced.
Unacceptable levels of pesticides in food imports were last reported in the UAE from India in May 2016 prompting similar concerns of safety.
The ministry did not reveal the degree to which some fruits and vegetables exceeded proper maximum tolerance levels of pesticides.