Reasoned opinion on the review of the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for dichlobenil according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

dichlobenil, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, benzonitrile, herbicide, 2,6 dichlorobenzamide (BAM)
First published in the EFSA Journal
3 May 2013
2 May 2013
Reasoned Opinion


According to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reviewed the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) currently established at European level for the pesticide active substance dichlobenil. Considering that this active substance is no longer authorised within the European Union, that no MRLs are established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, and that no import tolerances were notified to EFSA, residues of dichlobenil are not expected to occur in any plant or animal commodity. Available data were also not sufficient to derive a residue definition or an LOQ for enforcement against potential illegal uses for the time being but this assessment may be reconsidered when the future review of MRLs for fluopicolide under the aforementioned regulation (EC) No 396/2005 will be carried out because fluopicolide is an authorised pesticide active substance generating a metabolite common to dichlobenil.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2013;11(5):3218
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