Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for spirotetramat in olives for oil production

spirotetramat, various crops, MRL application, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, tetramic acid insecticides/acaricides
First published in the EFSA Journal
17 June 2014
12 June 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 Bayer CropScience to modify the existing Maximum Residue Level (MRL) for the active substance spirotetramat in olives for oil production. In order to accommodate for the intended use of spirotetramat in southern EU, the EMS proposed to raise the existing MRL from the limit of quantification 0.1 mg/kg to 4 mg/kg. 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 an MRL proposal of 4 mg/kg for olives for oil production. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed use of spirotetramat on olives for oil production will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2014;12(6):3739
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On request from
European Commission

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