Modification of the existing maximum residue level for pyriproxyfen in bananas

pyriproxyfen, banana, MRL application, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
4 February 2016
26 January 2016
Reasoned Opinion
In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the evaluating Member State (EMS), Spain, received an application from Cheminova Agro S.A. to modify the existing maximum residue level (MRL) for the active substance pyriproxyfen in bananas. In order to accommodate for the intended use of pyriproxyfen, Spain proposed to raise the existing MRL from the limit of quantification of 0.05 mg/kg to 0.5 mg/kg. According to EFSA the data are sufficient to derive a MRL proposal of 0.7 mg/kg for the proposed use on bananas. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of pyriproxyfen in banana. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed use of pyriproxyfen on banana will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference value and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.
European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2016;14(2):4387 [18 pp.].
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