Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for prochloraz in various commodities
In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant ADAMA Agriculture BV submitted an application to the competent national authority in Belgium (evaluating Member State (EMS)) to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the active substance prochloraz in sugar beet root and in liver and kidney of swine and ruminant. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive an MRL proposal for sugar beet root. Residues in sugar beet tops from the new use were found to contribute significantly to the livestock exposure. As the dietary burden needs to be calculated including all feed items and since not all information is available at the moment, EFSA proposes to assess the magnitude of prochloraz residues in animal commodities under the currently ongoing review of prochloraz MRLs according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005. Adequate analytical methods are available to control the residues of prochloraz residues in plant and animal matrices. The risk assessment performed by EFSA gave an indication that residues of prochloraz may lead to an exceedance of the acceptable daily intake (ADI). Thus, before the MRL for sugar beet is amended, it is necessary that a comprehensive, refined risk assessment is performed, taking into account all existing uses of prochloraz and the intended new use on sugar beet. Considering that the MRL review for prochloraz is currently ongoing, the results of the comprehensive risk assessment will be available in due time.