Imported fruit and vegetables treated with significant quantities of pesticide are increasingly gaining a foothold on our internal markets. Tomatoes are now being sold in both supermarkets and open-air markets that will keep for months without any change in their colour or appearance, whereas normally such changes would be expected to occur after only a few days.

Imported tomatoes are treated with various chemicals that can have an adverse effect on human health, causing damage to the kidneys, liver or the central nervous system.

In view of this:

What instruments does the Commission have at its disposal to ensure that imported fruit and vegetables comply with the requisite quality standards?