Review of the existing MRLs for thiacloprid


thiacloprid, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, neonicotinoid, insecticide, 6 chloronicotinic acid
First published in the EFSA Journal
21 March 2014
13 March 2014
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 thiacloprid. In order to assess the occurrence of thiacloprid 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. Some information required by the regulatory framework was found to be missing and a possible acute risk to consumers was identified. Hence, the consumer risk assessment is considered indicative only, some MRL proposals derived by EFSA still require further consideration by risk managers and measures for reduction of the consumer exposure should also be considered.

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EFSA Journal 2014;12(3):3617 [111 pp.].
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