Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for mepanipyrim in tomato, aubergine, strawberry and cucumber
In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, The Netherlands, hereafter referred to as the evaluating Member State (EMS), received an application from K-I Chemical Europe SA/NV to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the active substance mepanipyrim in strawberries, tomatoes, aubergines, and cucumbers. In order to accommodate for the intended uses of mepanipyrim, the EMS proposed to raise the existing MRLs from 1.5 mg/kg to 3 mg/kg in strawberries, from 0.8 mg/kg to 1.5 mg/kg in tomatoes and aubergines and from 0.01 mg/kg to 0.5 mg/kg in cucumbers. The EMS drafted an evaluation report in accordance with Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, which was submitted to the European Commission and forwarded to EFSA. According to EFSA the data are sufficient to derive MRL proposals of 3 mg/kg on strawberries, 1.5 mg/kg on tomatoes (extrapolated to aubergines) and 0.5 mg/kg on cucumbers. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of mepanipyrim in on the commodities under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed use of mepanipyrim on strawberry, tomato, aubergine and cucumber will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.