Review of the existing maximum residue levels for denathonium benzoate according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

denathonium benzoate, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, repellent
First published in the EFSA Journal
22. März 2018
13. März 2018
Reasoned Opinion


According to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, EFSA has reviewed the maximum residue levels (MRLs) currently established at European level for the pesticide active substance denathonium benzoate. Considering that this active substance is not authorised for use on edible crops within the EU, that no MRLs are established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (codex maximum residue limits), and that no import tolerances were notified to EFSA, residues of denathonium benzoate are not expected to occur in any plant or animal commodity. Available data were not sufficient to derive any enforcement measure against potential illegal uses.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2018;16(3):5232
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European Commission

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