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

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Article
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2014;12(2):3570 [58 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2014.3570
Acknowledgements

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

Type
Reasoned Opinion
On request from
EFSA
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2010-01076
Approved
6 February 2014
Published in the EFSA Journal
7 February 2014
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 metalaxyl. In order to assess the occurrence of metalaxyl 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 for metalaxyl and metalaxyl-M 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
metalaxyl, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, phenylamide, fungicide, metalaxyl-M
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Number of Pages
58