Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for chlormequat in barley and animal commodities

chlormequat, barley, animal commodities, pesticide, MRL, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
22 gennaio 2020
15 dicembre 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 the United Kingdom to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the active substance chlormequat in barley and animal commodities. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive MRL proposals for barley grain, sheep muscle and sheep kidney. Adequate analytical methods for enforcement are available to control the residues of chlormequat and its salts in plant matrices at the validated limit of quantification (LOQ) of 0.01 mg/kg and in animal matrices at the validated LOQ of 0.01 mg/kg. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concluded that the short‐term and long‐term intake of residues resulting from the use of chlormequat according to the intended agricultural practices is unlikely to present a risk to consumer health.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2020;18(1):5982
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

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