Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for copper compounds in fresh herbs and edible flowers

copper hydroxide, fresh herbs and edible flowers, pesticide, MRL, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
9 Julio 2020
11 Junio 2020
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant LLG Sachsen‐Anhalt, Dez. Pflanzenschutz submitted a request to the competent national authority in Germany to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for copper compounds in herbs and edible flowers. The data submitted in support of the request were found sufficient to derive an MRL proposal of 150 mg/kg, confirming the MRL proposal of the MRL review, for copper compounds in herbs and edible flowers in support of the intended indoor use. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concluded that the long‐term intake of copper residues resulting from the intended and existing uses, natural background levels and monitoring levels might present a risk to consumer health. Although residues in herbs and edible flowers are minor contributors to the overall consumer exposure, a risk management decision has to be taken whether it is appropriate to increase the existing MRLs for these crops, given that a potential consumer intake concern could not be excluded.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2020;18(7):6180
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European Commission

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