Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for lambda‐cyhalothrin in seed and fruit spices

lambda‐cyhalothrin, spices, pesticide, MRL, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
18. Juni 2020
Approved
31. März 2020
Type
Reasoned Opinion

Abstract

In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant Syngenta Agro GmbH submitted a request to the competent national authority in Germany to modify the existing maximum residue level (MRL) for the active substance lambda‐cyhalothrin in seed and fruit spices. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive MRL proposals in seed spices and in fruit spices. Since the general data gap related to toxicity of degradation products formed under sterilisation conditions and identified in the framework of the MRL review has not yet been addressed, a risk management decision is required whether it is appropriate to take over the proposed MRLs in the MRL legislation. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of lambda‐cyhalothrin in the commodities under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concluded that the short‐term and long‐term intake of residues resulting from the use of lambda‐cyhalothrin on spices according to the reported agricultural practice is unlikely to present a risk to consumer health. However, the consumer exposure calculation shall be considered provisional, pending the toxicological assessment of the compounds formed under sterilisation conditions.

European Food Safety Authority
Contact
pesticides.mrl [at] efsa.europa.eu
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2020.6110
EFSA Journal 2020;18(6):6110
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

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