Modification of existing MRL for pendimethalin in lettuce

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Article
pendimethalin, lettuce, MRL application, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
25 September 2015
Approved
14 September 2015
Type
Reasoned Opinion
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.

Contact
pesticides.mrl [at] efsa.europa.eu
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2015.4249
EFSA Journal 2015;13(9):4249 [18 pp.].
Question Number
On request from
European Commission
European Food Safety Authority
Print on demand
Number of Pages
18