MAFF is to hold talks with UK fruit growers to discuss ways of cutting pesticide residue levels after a survey found higher than acceptable residues in some apples and peaches.
MAFF has also called for an international action plan to improve pesticide use monitoring.
The survey, by the advisory committee on pesticides, found what MAFF described as "higher than desirable residue levels" in some apples and peaches, including imports.
Sir Colin Berry, ACP chairman, stressed that to feel any effect a consumer would have to eat two of the highest residue level apples at once, a one in a million chance. *