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

metaldehyde, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, moluscicide
First published in the EFSA Journal
6 May 2014
30 April 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 metaldehyde. In order to assess the occurrence of metaldehyde residues in plants, processed commodities, rotational crops and livestock, EFSA considered the conclusions derived in the framework of Directive 91/414/EECas well as the 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. 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.

European Food Safety Authority
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EFSA Journal 2014;12(5):3682 [64 pp.].
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