Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for fenpyrazamine in apricots, cherries, peaches and plums

fenpyrazamine, stone fruits, MRL application, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, pyrizole fungicide, S-2188-DC
First published in the EFSA Journal
26 March 2014
21 March 2014
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, Austria, hereafter referred to as the evaluating Member State (EMS), received an application from Sumitomo Chemical Agro Europe S.A.S to modify the existing MRLs for the active substance fenpyrazamine in stone fruits. In order to accommodate for the intended uses of fenpyrazamine Austria proposed to raise the existing MRLs from the limit of quantification of 0.01 mg/kg to 5 mg/kg in apricots, 4 mg/kg in cherries and 3 mg/kg in plums and from 4 mg/kg to 5 mg/kg in peaches. Austria drafted an evaluation report in accordance with Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 which was submitted to the European Commission and forwarded to EFSA. According to EFSA the data are sufficient to derive the following MRL proposals: 5 mg/kg for apricots, 4 mg/kg for cherries and 3 mg/kg for plums. For peaches, no amendment of the existing MRL of 4 mg/kg is necessary; however, as alternative option the higher value of 5 mg/kg, derived by extrapolation from a combined dataset on apricots and peaches may be considered by risk managers. An adequate analytical enforcement method is available to control the residues of fenpyrazamine in the commodities under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed uses of fenpyrazamine on apricots, cherries, peaches and plums will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore are unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2014;12(3):3619
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European Commission

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