Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for fluopyram in various crops
In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the evaluating Member States (EMS) Hungary and Greece received applications from Bayer CropScience AG to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the active substance fluopyram in apricots, sweet peppers, sweet corn, spinaches, witloof, herbs and edible flowers, peas (with pods), lentils, other legume vegetables, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, rapeseeds, pumpkin seeds, safflower seeds, borage seeds, hemp seeds, castor beans, barley, buckwheat, oat and sugar beet roots. In order to accommodate the intended European uses, both EMS proposed to raise existing EU MRLs for all requested crops, except for sweet corn and sugar beet roots. According to EFSA, the data are sufficient to derive MRL proposals for all requested crops, except for sugar beet. For sweet corn EFSA proposes to decrease the MRL value to the LOQ of 0.01 mg/kg since residues above the LOQ were not observed in the primary and rotation crop studies. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed use of fluopyram on the crops under consideration for which new MRL proposals were supported will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.