Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for mepanipyrim in tomato, aubergine, strawberry and cucumber

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Article
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2015;13(3):4037 [24 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2015.4037
Type
Reasoned Opinion
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2014-00396
Approved
26 February 2015
Published
5 March 2015
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Note
Abstract

In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, The Netherlands, hereafter referred to as the evaluating Member State (EMS), received an application from K-I Chemical Europe SA/NV to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the active substance mepanipyrim in strawberries, tomatoes, aubergines, and cucumbers. In order to accommodate for the intended uses of mepanipyrim, the EMS proposed to raise the existing MRLs from 1.5 mg/kg to 3 mg/kg in strawberries, from 0.8 mg/kg to 1.5 mg/kg in tomatoes and aubergines and from 0.01 mg/kg to 0.5 mg/kg in cucumbers. The EMS 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 MRL proposals of 3 mg/kg on strawberries, 1.5 mg/kg on tomatoes (extrapolated to aubergines) and 0.5 mg/kg on cucumbers. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of mepanipyrim in on the commodities under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed use of mepanipyrim on strawberry, tomato, aubergine and cucumber will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.

Keywords
mepanipyrim, fruit crops, MRL application, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, anilino-pyrimidine
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Number of Pages
24