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Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for copper compounds in other small fruits and berries

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In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant Spiess‐Urania Chemicals GmbH submitted a request to the competent national authority in Austria to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the active substance copper compounds in the whole group of other small fruits and berries. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive MRL proposals for the whole subgroup of other small fruits and berries. Adequate analytical methods for enforcement of mineral copper independently from its chemical form are available for matrices under consideration at the validated limit of quantification (LOQ) of 5 mg/kg. Based on indicative 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 other small fruits and berries are minor contributors to the overall consumer exposure, a risk management decision has to be taken on whether it is appropriate to increase the existing MRLs for these crops, given that a potential consumer intake concern could not be excluded.