Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for indoxacarb in various salad plants and in spinach-like plants

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Article
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2013;11(5):3247 [31 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2013.3247
Type
Reasoned Opinion
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2012-00979
Approved
27 May 2013
Published
29 May 2013
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Note
Abstract

In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, Belgium, hereafter referred to as the evaluating Member State (EMS), compiled an application to modify the existing MRLs for the active substance indoxacarb in rucola, cress, land cress, red mustard, other lettuce and salad plants, purslane (including sorrel and glassworth), beet leaves and other spinach and similar (leaves). In order to accommodate for the intended uses of indoxacarb, Belgium proposed to raise the existing MRLs from the limit of quantification to 1 mg/kg. Belgium drafted an evaluation report in accordance with 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 MRL proposals of 1 mg/kg for the proposed uses on rucola, cress, land cress, red mustard, other lettuce and salad plants, purslane (including sorrel and glassworth), beet leaves and other spinach and similar (leaves). Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of indoxacarb on the commodities under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed use of indoxacarb on rucola, cress, land cress, red mustard, other lettuce and salad plants, purslane (including sorrel and glassworth), beet leaves and other spinach and similar (leaves) will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.

Keywords
Indoxacarb, lettuce, salad plants, spinach, MRL application, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, oxadiazine insecticide, R-isomer
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Number of Pages
31