Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for pyriproxyfen in stone fruits and tea

pyriproxyfen, tea, stone fruits, MRL application, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, insecticide
First published in the EFSA Journal
5 December 2013
29 November 2013
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the Netherlands, hereafter referred to as the evaluating Member State (EMS), received an application from Sumitomo Chemical Agro Europe S.A.S. to set import tolerances for pyriproxyfen in stone fruits and tea. In order to accommodate the authorized uses of pyriproxyfen on tea in Japan and on stone fruits in the United States, the EMS proposed to raise the existing MRLs of pyriproxyfen in plums, apricots and tea and to lower the existing MRL in peaches. No modification of the MRL was proposed for cherries. 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 a MRL proposal of 0.3 mg/kg for plums, 1 mg/kg or 1.5 mg/kg for cherries and 15 mg/kg for tea. The submitted residue data indicate no need to modify the existing MRL in peaches. The submitted data were insufficient to derive a MRL proposal for apricots. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the import tolerance of pyriproxyfen in tea, cherries, plums and peaches will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference value and therefore is unlikely to pose a public health concern.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2013;11(12):3489
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European Commission

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