What was found was that from what is currently understood DPA isn’t harmful on its own but when it breaks down it forms a family of carcinogens called nitrosamines— certainly not a chemical compound you want on your apple. When this information came to be know, the European food safety regulators knew it was time to get as much safety information about it as possible and right away they decided they needed to take action. After determining through study that three unknown chemicals were found on DPA treated apples, the EFSA felt they did not know enough about whether or not these chemicals were in fact nitrosamines and decided to make using DPA on apples in Europe illegal. In March they even cut the tolerable level of DPA they would allow on imported apples to 0.1 parts per million.
American Apples Contain 4X More DPA
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