Reasoned opinion on the review of the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for pymetrozine according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

Pymetrozine, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, pyridine, insecticide.
First published in the EFSA Journal
17 ottobre 2012
15 ottobre 2012
10 gennaio 2013. This version replaces the previous one/s.

The residue trials considered for kale was not reflecting the data submitted by MS during the Member States consultation. In order to address this omission, Table 3-2 listing the residue trials was amended, the highest residue values for kale were corrected in Tables 3-5 and 4-1 and the list of MRLs derived by EFSA in the recommendation section was updated accordingly. Detailed results of the livestock dietary burden calculation in Table 3-6 were also updated but the overall outcome remains unchanged.

Reasoned Opinion

According to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reviewed the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) currently established at European level for the pesticide active substance pymetrozine. In order to assess the occurrence of pymetrozine residues in plants, processed commodities, rotational crops and livestock, EFSA considered the conclusions derived in the framework of Directive 91/414/EEC as well as the European authorisations reported by Member States (incl. the supporting residues data). Based on the assessment of the available data, MRL proposals were derived and a consumer risk assessment was carried out. Some information required by the regulatory framework was found to be missing and a possible acute risk to consumers was identified. Hence, the consumer risk assessment is considered indicative only, some MRL proposals derived by EFSA still require further consideration by risk managers and measures for reduction of the consumer exposure should also be considered.

European Food Safety Authority
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EFSA Journal 2012;10(10):2919
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