State health services on Tuesday discovered high levels of pesticide in 16,000kg of olives imported from Egypt.
A state official said this is the third case in a year where pesticide has been detected on olives imported from Egypt and that now the service is on alert when dealing with products imported from there.
The olives will either be destroyed or sent back, the official said, adding that so far the service has stopped the import of ten containers arranged by various companies.
“Our goal is zero traces of pesticide on products; if it is traced on an agricultural product it means that the indicated practices were not followed,” the official said.
In September the state health services detected pesticides in 125,000 kilos of olives also imported from Egypt.