Modification of the existing maximum residue level for pendimethalin in lettuce

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Article
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2015;13(9):4249 [18 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2015.4249
Type
Reasoned Opinion
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2014-00789
Approved
14 September 2015
Published in the EFSA Journal
25 September 2015
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Note
Abstract

In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the evaluating Member State, the United Kingdom, received an application from UK Horticultural Development Company to modify the existing maximum residue level (MRL) for the active substance pendimethalin in lettuce. In order to accommodate for the intended use of pendimethalin, UK proposed to raise the existing MRL from the limit of quantification to 0.15 mg/kg. According to EFSA, data are sufficient to derive an MRL proposal of 0.1 mg/kg to support the use of pendimethalin on lettuce. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of pendimethalin in lettuce at the validated LOQ of 0.05 mg/kg. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed use of pendimethalin on lettuce will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference value and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.

Keywords
pendimethalin, lettuce, MRL application, consumer risk assessment
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Number of Pages
18