Setting of an import tolerance for fenazaquin in almonds

fenazaquin, almonds, pesticide, MRL, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
11 July 2018
8 June 2018
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant Gowan Crop Protection Ltd submitted a request to the competent national authority in Greece to set an import tolerance for the active substance fenazaquin in almonds. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive a maximum residue level (MRL) proposal for almonds. Adequate analytical methods for enforcement are available to control the residues of fenazaquin and its metabolites on the commodities under consideration at the validated limit of quantification (LOQ) of 0.01 mg/kg. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concluded that the short‐term and long‐term intake of residues resulting from the use fenazaquin according to the reported agricultural practices is unlikely to present a risk to European consumers. The chronic consumer risk assessment is affected by non‐standard uncertainties due to the lack of information on the occurrence of the metabolite 2‐(4‐tert‐butylphenyl) ethanol (TBPE) in crops where the use of fenazaquin is the authorised in Europe. The reliable end points, appropriate for use in regulatory risk assessment are presented.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2018;16(7):5330
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

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