Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for bentazone in beans and peas with and without pods

bentazone, 6‐hydroxy‐bentazone, beans and peas with and without pods, herbicide, MRL, consumer risk assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
11 janvier 2021
9 décembre 2020
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant BASF SE submitted a request to the competent national authority in the Netherlands to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for bentazone in beans and peas with and without pods. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive MRL proposals for peas with pods. Results from the residue trials indicated that there is no need to modify the existing MRLs for beans with pods, beans without pods and peas without pods. Adequate analytical methods for enforcement are available to control the residues of bentazone and its metabolites in the commodity under consideration at the validated limit of quantification (LOQ) of 0.01 mg/kg. EFSA concluded that the proposed use of bentazone on peas with pods will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a risk to consumers’ health for parent bentazone. The risk assessment however is indicative and affected by additional, non‐standard uncertainties resulting from the insufficient information related to the toxicological properties for 6‐hydroxy‐bentazone in the wheat metabolism study.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2021;19(1):6376
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

Background documents