Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for proquinazid in apples, pears and animal commodities

proquinazid, pome fruits, animal commodities, MRL application, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
17 March 2016
7 March 2016
Reasoned Opinion
In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the evaluating Member State (EMS) Germany received an application from DuPont de Nemours (Deutschland) GmbH to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the active substance proquinazid in apples and pears. In order to accommodate for the intended uses, Germany proposed to raise the existing MRLs in apples and pears and to set MRLs in ruminant tissues and milk. According to EFSA the data are sufficient to derive a MRL proposal of 0.08 mg/kg in apples and pears. For animal products, EFSA derived two different sets of MRLs considering the residue definition for enforcement established in the conclusion of the peer review (option 1) and according to the EMS proposal, where the residue definition is limited to the metabolite IN-MU210 (option 2). EFSA proposes to risk managers to decide which option should be applied for the setting of MRLs in animal products. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of proquinazid in the commodities under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed uses of proquinazid on apples and pears will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore are unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.
European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2016;14(3):4428 [24 pp.].
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European Commission