Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for potassium phosphonates in various crops

potassium phosphonates, fosetyl, phosphonic acid, various crops, fungicide, MRL, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
21. September 2020
24. August 2020
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicants Tilco‐Alginure GmbH, ADAMA Agriculture BV, Lainco S.A., Exclusivas Sarabia S.A., Biovert S.L. and Landwirtschaftskammer Steiermark submitted requests to the competent national authorities in Germany, France, Greece and Austria to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the active substance potassium phosphonates in various crops. The data submitted in support of the different requests were found to be sufficient to derive MRL proposals for all crops under assessment. Adequate analytical methods for enforcement are available to control the residues of potassium phosphonates in the crops under assessment. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concluded that the long‐term intake of residues resulting from the use of potassium phosphonates according to the reported agricultural practices is unlikely to present a risk to consumer health. The consumer risk assessment shall be regarded as indicative and a more realistic intake assessment will be performed in the framework of the joint review of MRLs for fosetyl and phosphonates. The reliable end points, appropriate for use in regulatory risk assessment are presented.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2020;18(9):6240
On request from
European Commission

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