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Farm gates: Peppers, potatoes recall

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Farm gates have been recalled due to the risk of contact with soil.

The company said it is now investigating the cause.

Farmers in the state are being told to check soil for any traces of pesticides.

Peppers have been withdrawn from the market, while potatoes have been added to the list of items to be recalled.

Farmers were told they would need to take their crops to a specialist, while farmers were advised to check for traces of herbicides in their soil.

It comes after a recent report by the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science (AISA) found a spike in herbicide use, with more than 5,000 samples taken from farmers in Queensland and South Australia in the past three years.

Farm gates have not been identified as the source of the issue.

The AISA said that it had identified an increase in the use of pesticides on farm fields, with some crops containing up to 80 per cent more herbicides than usual.

There has also been a significant increase in soil erosion due to herbicide applications.

The AISA also said that soil erosion had increased significantly since the end of 2014.

“In some cases, the erosion has been so large that the farmers are now unable to harvest their crops, resulting in significant loss of production,” the AISA reported.

In response to the concerns about soil erosion, the Queensland Farmers Union said it was reviewing the use and retention of herbicide-treated soil.

A spokeswoman for the Queensland Government said that the Government was working with the Queensland Department of Agriculture to improve the state’s soil health.

It is understood that some farmers had received some warning letters in the last few weeks, but the AISA had been unable to identify the specific issues that led to the recall.

Earlier this week, the South Australian Agriculture Minister Peter Dunne also warned farmers not to use farm gates.

Mr Dunne said it would be a shame for farmers to have to go to a chemist or a specialist for a soil test to check their soil quality.

He said there were already stringent regulations in place for growers, with the state Government banning the use or retention of a third party’s soil.

“We don’t want to encourage the use, we don’t allow it and we don.

We’re looking at the regulations, the testing, the protocols and the monitoring,” Mr Dunne told ABC Radio South East.

Queensland Farmers Union general secretary Steve Kerevan said farmers should be cautious with their soil, as soil erosion can be devastating for crops and crops are already under stress from the severe drought.

“It is a very serious problem, a real concern for farmers,” Mr Kerevans said.

While farmers are being advised to look for herbicides, they are also being asked to check and follow all the instructions that the manufacturer of the product provides.

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