Modification of the existing maximum residue level for abamectin in citrus fruits

abamectin, citrus fruits, pesticide, MRL, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
25 April 2018
5 April 2018
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the ‘Task Force Abamectin’, as applicant, submitted a request to the competent national authority in Spain to modify the existing maximum residue level (MRL) for the active substance abamectin in citrus fruits. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive a MRL proposal of 0.04 mg/kg. Adequate analytical methods for enforcement are available to control the residues of abamectin in the crop under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concluded that the short‐term and long‐term intake of residues resulting from the use of abamectin according to the reported agricultural practice is unlikely to present a risk to consumer health. The reliable end points, appropriate for use in regulatory risk assessment are presented.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2018;16(4):5254
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

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