Tomatoes containing pesticides harmful to health were imported to the TRNC from Turkey last week, despite opposition from Turkish Cypriot producers.
The TRNC’s Ministry of Health has announced that pesticides over the recommended limit had been traced in beans, grapes and pomegranates.
A reliable source told ‘Kibris Postasi’ that the above-mentioned tomatoes were sold to South Cyprus via the EU’s Green Line Regulation after gaining permission from the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.
The source said: “The Chamber of Commerce permitted the tomatoes to be sold in the south. The tomatoes were transported and sold in the market in the south. This sale, which has been made without carrying out any control, creates a situation that undermines the trust between the two communities”.