Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for quizalofop in lettuces and salad plants

propaquizafop, quizalofop, lettuce, other salads, pesticide, MRL, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
30 July 2019
27 May 2019
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant Adama Agan Ltd submitted a request to the competent national authority in Italy to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for propaquizafop/quizalofop in lettuces and salad plants to accommodate the intended SEU use of propaquizafop. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive MRL proposals of 0.15 mg/kg for the intended SEU use of propaquizafop for the crops belonging to the crop group of lettuces and salad plants. The MRL proposals are expressed for a common residue definition that covers quizalofop and propaquizafop. Since the EU MRL is set at a higher level of 0.20 mg/kg, no modification of the MRL is currently required for the intended use. Adequate analytical methods for enforcement are available to control the residues of propaquizafop, expressed as quizalofop, in plant matrices under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concluded that the long‐term and short‐term intake of residues occurring in food from the existing uses of quizalofop‐P‐ethyl, quizalofop‐P‐tefuryl and propaquizafop and from the intended use of propaquizafop on lettuces and other salad plants, is unlikely to present a risk to consumer health.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2019;17(7):5747
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

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