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

bitertanol, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, triazole, fungicide
First published in the EFSA Journal
3 February 2016
21 January 2016
Reasoned Opinion
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. 
European Food Safety Authority
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EFSA Journal 2016;14(2):4386 [15 pp.].
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