Modification of the existing maximum residue level for acrinathrin in lettuce

Acrinathrin, lettuce, insecticide, acaricide, MRL, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
29 July 2020
2 July 2020
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant Cheminova A/S submitted a request to the competent national authority in Spain to modify the existing maximum residue level (MRL) for the active substance acrinathrin in lettuce. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive an MRL proposal for lettuce. Adequate analytical methods for enforcement are available to control the residues of acrinathrin on the commodity under consideration at the validated limit of quantification (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 acrinathrin according to the reported agricultural practice and the current approval restrictions of acrinathrin is unlikely to present a risk to consumer health. However, uncertainties remain, particularly on the toxicological profile of the different isomers. Hence, the consumer risk assessment is considered tentative.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2020;18(7):6218
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On request from
European Commission

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