Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for flonicamid in various root crops

flonicamid, various root crops, pesticide, MRL, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
18 September 2018
29 August 2018
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Council submitted a request to the competent national authority in the United Kingdom to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRL) for the active substance flonicamid in beetroots, carrots, celeriacs/turnip rooted celeries, horseradishes, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, parsley roots/Hamburg roots parsley, radishes, salsifies, swedes/rutabagas, turnips. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive MRL proposals for the commodities concerned. Adequate analytical methods for enforcement are available to control the residues of flonicamid in the crops under consideration at the validated limit of quantification (LOQ) of 0.01 mg/kg for each analyte of the residue definition and in animal matrices at the validated LOQ of 0.01 mg/kg for each analyte of the residue definition. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concluded that the short‐term and long‐term intake of residues resulting from the use of flonicamid according to the reported agricultural practices is unlikely to present a risk to consumer health.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2018;16(9):5414
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

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