Modification of the existing maximum residue level for diflufenican in olives for oil production

diflufenican, olives, oil production, MRL application, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
6 October 2016
20 September 2016
Reasoned Opinion
In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the evaluating Member State (EMS), Spain, received an application from ADAMA Agriculture España, S.A. to modify the existing maximum residue level (MRL) for the active substance diflufenican in olives for oil production. To accommodate for the intended use of diflufenican, Spain proposed to raise the existing MRL value from 0.2 to 0.6 mg/kg. Spain drafted an evaluation report in accordance with Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, which was submitted to the European Commission and forwarded to EFSA. According to EFSA, the data are sufficient to derive a MRL proposal of 0.6 mg/kg for the proposed use on olives for oil production. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of diflufenican in olives. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed use of diflufenican on olives for oil production 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(10):4585
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

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