Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRL for triflumuron in peaches, plums, oranges and mandarins

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Article
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2014;12(5):3684 [24 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2014.3684
Type
Reasoned Opinion
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2013-00979
Approved
30 April 2014
Published
6 May 2014
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
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Abstract

In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, Italy, hereafter referred to as the evaluating Member State (EMS), received an application from Bayer CropScience AG to modify the existing MRLs for the active substance triflumuron in stone fruits and citrus. Italy proposed to lower the existing MRLs from 1 mg/kg to 0.3 mg/kg in peaches and plums. The data were considered as not sufficient to raise the existing MRLs in oranges and mandarins to accommodate for their import from South Africa. According to EFSA the data are sufficient to derive MRL proposals of 0.4 mg/kg and 0.08 mg/kg for the proposed use on peaches and plums, respectively. EFSA confirms the conclusion of the EMS that the import tolerance request for oranges and mandarins is not sufficiently supported by data. An adequate analytical enforcement method is available to control the residues of triflumuron in the commodities under consideration. Based on a preliminary risk assessment, EFSA concludes that the proposed use of triflumuron on peaches and plums will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.

Keywords
triflumuron, citrus and stone fruits, MRL application, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, benzoylurea insecticide, 4-trifluoro-methoxyaniline (M07)
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Number of Pages
24