The Greek Agroecology Inspectorate is investigating a suspected pesticide spill

The Greek agroecological inspection station has launched an investigation into a suspected chemical spill in the western Aegean region of Ionia.

The leak was detected at a farm in the south-eastern region of Paphos on Wednesday, where an employee noticed the leak when inspecting a container of an herbicide that had spilled.

The inspector sent an urgent letter to the farm owner on Thursday, saying the herbicide had leaked, and asked the owner to take the herbicides immediately to a laboratory to ensure the safety of workers and the public.

The investigation was led by the head of the Greek government’s agrochemical inspection team, Mina Giorgos, who visited the farm on Thursday to inspect the herbicidal spill and take stock of the farm.

She said the leak was likely to be caused by a chemical used on farms, but that it was unclear what the chemical was.

“This is a new issue in the agrochemicals industry, and there is no guarantee that we can identify the cause,” she told the Reuters news agency.

“We need to be more careful because it is a very volatile substance and if the risk is greater than we think it will be, we have to look into it more carefully,” she said.

The report was due to be presented on Thursday.

The Agro-Bioterrorism Center (ABT), which is responsible for monitoring the safety and effectiveness of chemicals, said it was monitoring the situation.AET said the farm was one of five farms where the herbants were used.

“If the farm is not the cause of the spill, the leak is of concern, but if the leak occurs from the farmers, we cannot rule out that the herbant was a catalyst in the spill,” the ABT said in a statement.

“The incident does not pose any risk to public health, and the owner has taken precautionary measures to prevent contamination.

We also have no information that any other farm was used in the incident.”

The Agrosystems and Agricultural Processors Group, which owns the farm, said in its statement that it “will continue to monitor the situation”.

“Our aim is to get back to normal, but it is possible that we could have a different reaction in the future,” the statement added.

A group of farmers and farmers’ unions are also organising an investigation, with the union representing Papho farmers demanding the plant be shut down immediately.

“There is no need to take this further, we don’t need a big operation and we have nothing to fear, we are all together in the same boat,” Paphou Panakiotis, the head-of-agriculture of Paedia, the Greek agronomist association, told the AFP news agency by phone.

“But if the farm has not been the cause, then it is important that we don, too, because this could have an adverse effect on our crops and our livelihoods.”

A statement by the state-owned Greek food company Ionia, which bought the farm from the owners in July, said the herbicals had been “removed from use for the next 10 days”.

“This plant is an essential plant to our agricultural production, but we will also not allow any other crop to be planted on this farm,” it said.

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