Setting of import tolerances for teflubenzuron in grapefruits, mandarins and broccoli

teflubenzuron, grapefruits, mandarins, broccoli, pesticide, MRL, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
12 November 2018
22 October 2018
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant BASF Agro BV submitted a request to the competent national authority in the United Kingdom to set import tolerances for the active substance teflubenzuron in grapefruits and mandarins imported from Brazil and for broccoli imported from Paraguay. The data submitted were found to be sufficient to derive maximum residue level (MRL) proposals for grapefruits and broccoli. The MRL derived for mandarins is not fully compliant with the EU guidance on extrapolation and the proposal requires further risk management consideration. Adequate analytical methods for enforcement are available to control the residues of teflubenzuron on the commodities under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concluded that the long‐term intake of residues resulting from the use of teflubenzuron 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(11):5474
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

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