Dutch and Belgian pear growers could face a substantial disruption of their industries if EU legislation due to come into force in July next year is enacted. It concerns the reduction of a hormone treatment called cyclocel (CCC) which is used extensively in these countries helping them both to build up major export industries, particularly of Conference. Similarly to the UK, the Dutch crop this year is going through a boom year, and with an increase of 33% will reach 180,000 tonnes. The Belgians are slightly down by 6% but will still pick 154,000 tonnes. According to trade sources, a young pear tree can retain significant CCC levels over a long period, hence Commission concern. The regulations call for a complete clear out by next May. The Dutch, who already have made headway in reducing levels, still want the process to take three years to protect their industry. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}