Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRL for folpet in table grapes

Folpet, table grapes, MRL application, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, phthalimide fungicide, phthalimide
First published in the EFSA Journal
30 September 2013
27 September 2013
Reasoned Opinion

In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, Austria, hereafter referred to as the evaluating Member State (EMS), received an application from the company Makhteshim Agan Holding B.V. to modify the existing MRLs for the active substance folpet in table grapes. In order to accommodate for the intended uses of folpet on table grapes in Europe, the EMS proposed to raise the existing MRL in grapes to 3 mg/kg for folpet and to 5 mg/kg for folpet and phthalimide, expressed as folpet. The EMS 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 for table grapes a MRL proposal of 3 mg/kg or 4 mg/kg for the residue definition “folpet” and 5 mg/kg or 6 mg/kg for the residue definition “folpet and phthalimide, expressed as folpet”. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that according to the internationally agreed methodology for estimation of the consumer exposure, the expected residues in table grapes do not result in an exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a public health concern. However, the safety margin for the acute exposure is very narrow.

European Food Safety Authority
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EFSA Journal 2013;11(9):3384 [27 pp.].
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