Reasoned opinion on the setting of MRLs for saflufenacil in various crops, considering the risk related to the metabolite trifluoroacetic acid (TFA)

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Article
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2014;12(2):3585 [58 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2014.3585
Type
Reasoned Opinion
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2013-00432
Approved
13 February 2014
Published in the EFSA Journal
17 February 2014
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Note
Abstract

In accordance with Article 43 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the European Commission requested EFSA to perform a follow-up evaluation of saflufenacil with regard to the MRLs adopted recently by Codex Alimentarius Commission and the possible consumer health concerns regarding the metabolite trifluoroacetic acid (TFA). On the basis of the information available to EFSA and the current scientific knowledge, EFSA concludes that for the intended use of saflufenacil on the crops for which MRLs were requested in the framework of the MRL application (EFSA-Q-2011-00208), including the CXLs established by Codex Alimentarius Commission in 2012, the exposure to saflufenacil and its metabolite trifluoroacetic acid via the diet will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values derived for the parent compound saflufenacil and its metabolite and therefore is unlikely to pose a public health concern.

Keywords
saflufenacil, trifluoroacetic acid (TFA), MRL application, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment
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Number of Pages
58