Maximum residue levels for diethofencarb
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EU proposes to reduce MRLs for diethofencarb to the limit of determination on all products except bananas
Draft Commission Regulation amending Annexes II and V to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for diethofencarb, fenoxycarb, flutriafol and pencycuron in or on certain products
The EU proposes to reduce the MRLs for diethofencarb to the limit of determination (LOD, the lowest level that can be detected using the most modern and reliable analytical methods) for all products except bananas.
What is changing?
The EU proposes to reduce the MRLs for diethofencarb as summarised in Table 1.
Diethofencarb is no longer authorised in the EU because the manufacturer did not submit a new application for approval. Therefore all MRLs will be set to the LOD.
Specifically for bananas, a previous import tolerance for diethofencarb was considered safe for consumers (EFSA 2016) and is therefore maintained.
Expected date of adoption: January 2024.
Expected date of entry into force: March 2024.
The new MRLs will apply from approximately September 2024 – the precise date will be known once the Regulation is published.
Exporters of affected products should review their current use of diethofencarb and evaluate possible alternative solutions in anticipation of MRL changes.
EFSA (2016) Setting of an import tolerance for diethofencarb in bananas. EFSA Journal, 14(9): 4576.
Draft Commission Regulation as regards maximum residue levels for diethofencarb, fenoxycarb, flutriafol and pencycuron in or on certain products
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