Review of the existing maximum residue levels for metam according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

metam, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment,carbamate, soil fumigant, nematicide, fungicide, herbicide, insecticide, methylisothiocyanate (MITC),N,N’-dimethylthiourea (DMTU), dazomet
First published in the EFSA Journal
14 janvier 2019
12 décembre 2018
Reasoned Opinion


According to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, EFSA has reviewed the maximum residue levels (MRLs) currently established at European level for the pesticide active substance metam. To assess the occurrence of metam residues in plants, processed commodities, rotational crops and livestock, EFSA considered the conclusions derived in the framework of Commission Regulation (EC) No 33/2008C as well as the European authorisations reported by Member States (including the supporting residues data). Based on the assessment of the available data, MRL proposals were derived and a consumer risk assessment was carried out. Although no apparent risk to consumers was identified, some information required by the regulatory framework was missing. Hence, the consumer risk assessment is considered indicative only and some MRL proposals derived by EFSA still require further consideration by risk managers.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2019;17(1):5561
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European Commission

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