Review of the existing maximum residue levels for chlormequat according to Article 12 of Regulation

chlormequat, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, quaternary ammonium, plant growth regulator
First published in the EFSA Journal
7 March 2016
24 February 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 chlormequat. In order to assess the occurrence of chlormequat residues in plants, processed commodities, rotational crops and livestock, EFSA considered the conclusions derived in the framework of Directive 91/414/EEC, the MRLs established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission as well as the European authorisations reported by Member States (incl. the supporting residues data). Based on the assessment of the available data, MRL proposals were derived and a consumer risk assessment was carried out. Although no apparent risk to consumers was identified, some information required by the regulatory framework was missing. Hence, the consumer risk assessment is considered indicative only and some MRL proposals derived by EFSA still require further consideration by risk managers. 
European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2016;14(3):4422
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

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