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

methoxyfenozide, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, diacylhydrazine, insecticide
First published in the EFSA Journal
3 January 2014
11 December 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 methoxyfenozide. In order to assess the occurrence of methoxyfenozide residues in plants, processed commodities, rotational crops and livestock, EFSA considered the conclusions derived in the framework of Directive 91/414/EEC, the MRLs established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission as well as the import tolerances and 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 regarding the European authorisations, some information required by the regulatory framework was found to be missing and a possible acute risk to consumers was identified for some of the MRLs established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Hence, the consumer risk assessment is considered indicative only and some MRL proposals derived by EFSA still require further consideration by risk managers.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2014;12(1):3509
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