Modification of the existing maximum residue level for metalaxyl-M in gooseberries


European Food Safety Authority
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2015;13(7):4179 [18 pp.].
Reasoned Opinion
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
26 June 2015
Published in the EFSA Journal
16 July 2015
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy

In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the evaluating Member State (EMS), the United Kingdom, received an application from the UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board to modify the existing maximum residue level (MRL) for the active substance metalaxyl-M in gooseberries. In order to accommodate for the intended use of metalaxyl-M, the United Kingdom proposed to raise the existing MRL from the limit of quantification to 0.3 mg/kg. The United Kingdom 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 a MRL proposal of 0.3 mg/kg for the proposed use on gooseberries. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of metalaxyl-M in gooseberries. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed use of metalaxyl-M on gooseberries will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a health risk to consumers.

metalaxyl, metalaxyl-M, gooseberries, MRL application, consumer risk assessment
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