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EU Amends Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs)

In October 2014, the European Union (EU) published four Commission Regulations, amending Annexes II, III and V to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 on maximum residue levels (MRLs) of pesticides in or on certain products.

The four Regulations published are:

These updates amend the MRLs, which are the upper legal levels of a concentration to ensure the lowest possible consumer exposure, in or on certain products, for pesticides, including:

  • Carbaryl
  • Procymidone
  • Profenofos
  • Benzalkonium chloride
  • Didecyldimethylammonium chloride
  • Asulam
  • Cyanamide
  • Dicloran
  • Flumioxazin
  • Flupyrsulfuron-methyl
  • Picolinafen
  • Propisochlor
  • Amitrole
  • Dinocap
  • Fipronil
  • Flufenacet
  • Pendimethalin
  • Propyzamide
  • Pyridate

Details of amendment of the Regulations are shown in the following table.

RegulationsPesticidesProducts
(EU) No 1096/2014
  • Carbaryl
  • Procymidone
  • Profenofos
Products of fresh herbs and rose petals
(EU) No 1119/2014
  • Benzalkonium chloride
  • Didecyldimethylammonium chloride
All products
(EU) No 1126/2014
  • Asulam
  • Cyanamide
  • Dicloran
  • Flumioxazin
  • Flupyrsulfuron-methyl
  • Picolinafen
  • Propisochlor
Products of plant and animal origin
(EU) No 1127/2014
  • Amitrole
  • Dinocap
  • Fipronil
  • Flufenacet
  • Pendimethalin
  • Propyzamide
  • Pyridate
All products, for dinocap except wine grapes and melon

The changes of MRLs for several products should be set at the specific limit of determinations, or at the default MRL in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, with information of those products for which neither relevant authorisations or import tolerances were reported at Union level, nor were Codex MRLs available, that shall be considered by the European Union and taking into account the current scientific and technical knowledge.

Transition period

Before the MRL changes are formally adopted, there should be a transitional period allowing Member States, third countries and food business operators to continue the marketing, processing and consumption of products that have been lawfully produced. It is expected that all four updated Regulations will provide a transitional arrangement.

Official adoption

The amended Regulations will be adopted according to the following timescales:

  • Regulation (EU) No 1096/2014 shall apply from 7 May 2015, and Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 shall continue to apply to products which were lawfully produced before being amended.
  • Regulation (EU) No 1119/2014 shall enter into force on 5 November 2014
  • Regulation (EU) No 1126/2014 and Regulation (EU) No 1127/2014 shall apply from 13 May 2015, and Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 shall continue to apply to products which were lawfully produced before being amended.

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