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On January 16, 2018, the European Union announced three Commission Regulations amending Annexes II, III and IV to Directive 2005/396/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to MRLs for pesticide in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin.

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On January 16, 2018, the European Union has announced three Commission Regulations amending Annexes II, III and IV to Directive 2005/396/EC [1] of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to maximum residue levels (MRL) for pesticide in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin.

Maximum Residue Levels for Pesticides in Certain Products

The changes and amendments in these three Commission Regulations (EU) relate to the MRLs for pesticide residues of ametoctradin, chlorpyrifos-methyl, cyproconazole, difenoconazole, fluazinam, flutriafol, prohexadione, sodium chloride, 2-phenylphenol, bensulfuron-methyl, dimethachlor, lufenuron and mercury compounds, in or on, certain products imported to the EU. Details of the changes are shown in table 1.

Table 1: Amendments to table 1 of the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 2005/396/EC

Pesticide residues                
Commodity Maximum Residue Level (mg/kg)
Ametoctradin
Granate apples/pomegranates, kaki/Japanese persimmons, borage seeds, apricots,,strawberries, head brassica, lettuces and salad plants, chards/beet leaves, herbs and edible flowers, leeks, rhubarbs, pulse (except peas), barley, root, and rhizome spices, garlic, onions, shallots, hops, and plums CommissionRegulation (EU) No 2018/70 [2]
Chlorpyrifos-methyl
Cyproconazole
Difenoconazole
Fluazinam
Flutriafol
Prohexadione
Sodium chloride
Mercury compounds
Tree nuts, herbs and edible flowers, cultivated fungi, wild fungi, oilseeds, teas, coffee beans, herbal infusions from, cocoa beans, spices and products of animal origin-terrestrial animals
Commission Regulation (EU) No 2018/73 [3]
2-phenylphenol
Fruits & vegetables, fresh or frozen; tree nuts (except algae and prokaryotes organisms), pulses, oilseeds and oil fruits, cereals, teas, coffee, herbal infusions, cocoa and carobs, hops, spices, sugar plants, products of animal origin-terrestrial animals
Commission Regulation (EU) No 2018/78 [4]
Bensulfuron-methyl
Fruits & vegetables, fresh or frozen; tree nuts, pulses, oilseeds and oil fruits, cereals, teas, coffee, herbal infusions, cocoa and carobs, spices, sugar plants, products of animal origin-terrestrial animals
Dimethachlor
Fruits & vegetables, fresh or frozen; tree nuts, pulses, oil seeds, cereals, teas, coffee, herbal infusions, cocoa and carobs, hops, spices, sugar plants, products of animal origin-terrestrial animals
Lufenuron
Citrus fruits, tree nuts, pome fruits, stone fruits vegetables, fresh or frozen, pulses, oilseeds and oil fruits, cereals, teas, coffee, herbal infusions, cocoa and carobs, hops, spices, sugar plants, products of animal origin-terrestrial animals

Amendments to the Commission Regulation  

  • The changes to the MRLs for residues of ametoctradin, chlorpyrifos-methyl, cyproconazole, difenoconazole, fluazinam, flutriafol, prohexadione, and sodium chloride in granate apples/pomegranates, kaki/Japanese persimmons, borage seeds, apricots, strawberries, head brassica, lettuces and salad plants, chards/beet leaves, herbs and edible flowers, leeks, rhubarbs, pulse (except peas), barley, root and rhizome spices, garlic, onions, shallots, hops, plums in Commission Regulation (EU) No 2018/70 of January 16, 2018 shall apply from February 6, 2018. 

  • The changes to the MRLs for mercury compounds in tree nuts, herb and edible flowers, cultivated fungi, wild fungi, oilseeds, teas, coffee beans, herbal infusions from, cocoa beans, spices and products of animal origin-terrestrial animals in Commission Regulation (EU) No 2018/73 of January 16, 2018 shall apply from February 7, 2018.

  • The changes to the MRL’s for 2-phenylphenol, bensulfuron-methyl, dimethachlor and lufenuron in fruits & vegetables, fresh or frozen; tree nuts (except algae and prokaryotes organisms), pulses, oilseeds and oil fruits, cereals, teas, coffee, herbal infusions, cocoa and carobs, hops, spices, sugar plants, products of animal origin-terrestrial animals in Commission Regulation (EU) No 2018/78 of January 16, 2018 shall apply from August 8, 2018.

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