Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for tebufenpyrad in cucumbers and courgettes

Tebufenpyrad, cucumbers, courgettes, MRL application, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, pyrazole insecticide and acaricide
First published in the EFSA Journal
27 June 2012
25 June 2012
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, Germany, herewith referred to as the evaluating Member State (EMS), compiled an application to modify the existing MRLs for tebufenpyrad in cucumbers and courgettes. In order to accommodate for the intended indoor and outdoor use of tebufenpyrad in southern and northern Europe, the EMS proposed to raise the existing MRLs in cucumbers and courgettes from 0.1 mg/kg to 0.3 mg/kg. The EMS drafted an evaluation report according to Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, which was submitted to the European Commission and forwarded to EFSA. According to EFSA the data are sufficient to derive a MRL proposal of 0.3 mg/kg for the proposed indoor and SEU outdoor uses on cucumbers and courgettes. The intended outdoor NEU use is not sufficiently supported by residue data. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the intended indoor use of tebufenpyrad on cucumbers and courgettes will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a public health concern.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2012;10(6):2793
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On request from
European Commission

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