Reasoned opinion on the modification of maximum residue levels (MRLs) for fipronil following the withdrawal of the authorised uses on kale and head cabbage

fipronil, potatoes, food of animal origin, consumer risk assessment, phenylpyrazole, insecticide
First published in the EFSA Journal
15 January 2014
15 January 2014
Reasoned Opinion

In accordance with Article 43 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, EFSA received a request of the European Commission for a scientific opinion on the modification of MRLs for the active substance fipronil. The European Commission requested EFSA to recalculate the MRLs for fipronil in animal commodities which were recommended by EFSA in its previous reasoned opinion on the review of the existing MRLs for fipronil according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, and to update EFSA’s conclusion on the safety of all proposed MRLs. For this assessment EFSA was also requested to take into account the existing emergency authorisation of fipronil on potatoes as granted in Germany and the recent withdrawal of fipronil authorisations in Europe on head cabbage and kale. MRL proposals were derived by EFSA according to different scenarios, as requested by the European Commission, and a consumer risk assessment was carried out for each scenario. Regardless of the scenario presented, no information required by the regulatory framework was found to be missing and no risk to consumers was identified.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2014;12(1):3543 [37 pp.].
Question Number
On request from
European Commission