Statement on the dietary exposure assessment for the temporary maximum residue levels for chlordecone in certain products of animal origin

chlordecone, animal commodities, livestock, pesticide, MRL, exposure assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
3 Marzo 2020
13 Febrero 2020


In accordance with Article 43 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the European Commission requested EFSA to carry out a consumer exposure assessment in relation to the maximum residue levels (MRLs) for chlordecone in products of animal origin recommended by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) in an assessment performed in 2018. The MRL proposals under assessment are lower than the current EU MRLs established under Regulation (EC) 396/2005. The dietary exposure calculations performed by EFSA demonstrated that the short‐term and the long‐term intake of chlordecone residues at the level of the proposed MRLs for animal products under assessment is not expected to exceed the toxicological reference values derived by the French authorities.

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EFSA Journal 2020;18(3):6052
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