Setting of an import tolerance for chlorothalonil in cranberries

chlorothalonil, cranberries, MRL application, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
10 July 2015
2 July 2015
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the evaluating Member State (EMS), the Netherlands, received an application from the Cranberry Marketing Committee USA to set an import tolerance for the active substance chlorothalonil in cranberries from import country USA at the proposed level of 10 mg/kg. The Netherlands 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. Although no consumer risk was identified related to the MRL proposed by the applicant, EFSA concluded that the setting of an MRL for chlorothalonil in cranberries at a higher level than 5 mg/kg, the MRL from the origin country, is not appropriate. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of chlorothalonil and its metabolite SDS-3701 in cranberries.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2015;13(7):4193
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European Commission

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