Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for ametoctradin in sage and basil

ametoctradin, sage, basil, MRL application, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, triazole pyrimidine, fungicide
First published in the EFSA Journal
30 June 2015
15 June 2015
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, Belgium, hereafter referred to as the evaluating Member State (EMS), compiled an application to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the active substance ametoctradin in sage and basil. In order to accommodate for the intended uses of ametoctradin, Belgium proposed to raise the existing MRLs from the limit of quantification (LOQ) 0.01* mg/kg to 60 mg/kg. Belgium drafted an evaluation report in accordance with Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, which was submitted to the European Commission and forwarded to EFSA. According to EFSA the data are sufficient to derive an MRL proposal of 20 mg/kg for the proposed uses on sage and basil. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available for the enforcement of ametoctradin residues in high water content plant matrices. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed uses of ametoctradin on sage and basil will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference value and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2015;13(6):4153
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European Commission

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