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

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European Food Safety Authority
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2013;11(6):3278 [33 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2013.3278
Acknowledgements

EFSA wishes to thank the rapporteur Member State Belgium for the preparatory work on this scientific output.

Type
Reasoned Opinion
On request from
EFSA
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2009-00115
Approved
24 June 2013
Published in the EFSA Journal
26 June 2013
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Note
Abstract

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 benfluralin. In order to assess the occurrence of benfluralin residues in plants, processed commodities, rotational crops and livestock, EFSA considered the conclusions derived in the framework of Directive 91/414/EEC as well as the European authorisations reported by Member States (incl. the supporting residues data). Based on the assessment of the available data, MRL proposals were derived and a consumer risk assessment was carried out. Although no apparent risk to consumers was identified, some information required by the regulatory framework was found to be missing. Hence, the consumer risk assessment is considered indicative only and some MRL proposals derived by EFSA still require further consideration by risk managers.

Keywords
benfluralin, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, dinitroaniline, herbicide
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Number of Pages
33