Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for proquinazid in tomatoes, aubergines and cucurbits with edible peel

Proquinazid, tomatoes, aubergines, cucurbits, MRL application, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, quinazolinones, IN-MM977
First published in the EFSA Journal
25 septembre 2012
24 septembre 2012
Reasoned Opinion

In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, Germany, hereafter referred to as the evaluating Member State (EMS), received two applications from Pflanzenschutzdienst der Landwirtschaftskammer Nordrhein-Westfalen to modify the existing MRLs for the active substance proquinazid in tomatoes and aubergines and in cucurbits (edible peel), respectively. In order to accommodate for the intended uses of proquinazid, Germany proposed to raise the existing MRLs from the limit of quantification (LOQ) of 0.02 mg/kg to 0.15 mg/kg in tomatoes and aubergines and to 0.04 mg/kg in cucurbits with edible peel. Germany drafted two separate evaluation reports in accordance with Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, which were submitted to the European Commission and forwarded to EFSA. For reasons of efficiency EFSA combined both applications in one reasoned opinion. According to EFSA the data are sufficient to derive MRL proposals of 0.15 mg/kg for the intended use on tomatoes and aubergines and of 0.05 mg/kg for the intended use on the whole group of cucurbits (edible peel). Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of proquinazid in the crops under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed use of proquinazid on tomatoes, aubergines and cucurbits with edible peel will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2012;10(9):2896
On request from
European Commission

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