Review of the existing maximum residue levels for bitertanol according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

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European Food Safety Authority
Acknowledgements

EFSA wishes to thank the rapporteur Member State the United Kingdom for the preparatory work on this scientific output.

EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2016;14(2):4386 [15 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2016.4386
Type
Reasoned Opinion
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2009-00033
Approved
21 January 2016
Published
3 February 2016
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
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Abstract

According to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reviewed the maximum residue levels (MRLs) currently established at European level for the pesticide active substance bitertanol. Although this active substance is no longer authorised within the European Union due to certain impurities of unknown toxicological relevance, MRLs established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CXLs) are still in place. Based on lacking toxicological characterisation of the impurities, it was not possible for EFSA to perform an assessment of these CXLs and their incorporation in European legislation cannot be recommended. Nevertheless, available data allowed EFSA to propose a marker residue and a limit of quantification (LOQ) for enforcement against potential illegal uses. 

Keywords
bitertanol, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, triazole, fungicide
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Number of Pages
15