Modification of the existing maximum residue level for boscalid in honey

boscalid, honey, pesticide, MRL, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
17 novembre 2019
23 octobre 2019
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant BASF SE submitted a request to the competent national authority in Germany to modify the existing maximum residue level (MRL) for the active substance boscalid in honey and other apiculture products. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive an MRL proposal for honey from field studies. This MRL proposal covers residues measured in honey samples analysed in the framework of EU National Monitoring Programmes. Adequate analytical methods for enforcement are available to control the residues of boscalid in honey at the validated limit of quantification (LOQ) of 0.01 mg/kg. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concluded that residues concentrations in honey at the level of the proposed MRL are unlikely to present a risk to consumer health.

Cas: 188425-85-6
Inchi: InChI=1S/C18H12Cl2N2O/c19-13-9-7-12(8-10-13)14-4-1-2-6-16(14)22-18(23)15-5-3-11-21-17(15)20/h1-11H,(H,22,23)
Iupac: 2-chloro-N-(4′-chloro[1,1′-biphenyl]-2-yl)pyridine-3-carboxamide
European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2019;17(11):5897
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

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