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Maximum residue levels for fosetyl-Al/phosphonic acid

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Summary

The European Commission has informed the World Trade Organization Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (WTO SPS) Committee that it intends to change the residue definition for fosetyl-Al, potassium phosphonates, and disodium phosphonates to “phosphonic acid and its salts”. It also intends to update the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for these substances in certain commodities (G/SPS/N/EU/698). This may have a particular impact on suppliers of sweetcorn, herbal infusions from flowers, and certain spices. In these cases the MRL is reduced to the limit of determination (LOD, the lowest level that can be detected using the most modern and reliable analytical methods).