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Maximum residue levels for carbendazim

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Summary

The European Commission has informed the World Trade Organization Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (WTO SPS) Committee of its intention to set the maximum residue levels (MRLs) for carbendazim to the limit of determination (LOD, the lowest level that can be detected using the most modern and reliable analytical methods). This could have an impact on suppliers of a wide range of products including fruit, vegetables, soyabeans, cereals, and honey. There are exceptions for lemons, limes, mandarins, and okra as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) considers that existing import tolerances are safe for these particular products (G/SPS/N/EU/696).