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Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for pymetrozine in azaroles, celery and fennel

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Author(s): European Food Safety Authority

Journal: EFSA Journal
ISSN 1831-4732

Volume: 11;
Issue: 8;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: pymetrozine | azaroles | celery and fennel | MRL application | Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 | consumer risk assessment | pyridine insecticide

ABSTRACT
In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, Belgium, hereafter referred to as the evaluating Member State (EMS), compiled an application to modify the existing MRLs for the active substance pymetrozine in azaroles, celery and fennel. In order to accommodate for the intended uses of pymetrozine, Belgium proposed to raise the existing MRLs from the limit of quantification of 0.02 mg/kg to 0.5 mg/kg in azaroles and to 0.04 mg/kg in celery and fennel. Belgium drafted an evaluation report in accordance with Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, which was submitted to the European Commission and forwarded to EFSA. According to EFSA the data are sufficient to derive provisional MRL proposals of 0.7 mg/kg on azaroles and 0.03 mg/kg on celery and fennel. Alternative risk management options are the provisional MRL proposals of 0.5 mg/kg for azaroles and 0.04 mg/kg for celery and fennel, which were derived from the same residue data with the previously used calculation method. The MRL proposals on azaroles, celery and fennel are provisional because of data gaps regarding the storage stability of residues. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of pymetrozine in the commodities under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed uses of pymetrozine on azaroles, celery and fennel will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore are unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.
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