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Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for propamocarb in spring onions and Chinese cabbage


  • European Food Safety Authority

  • Correspondence: pesticides.mrl@efsa.europa.eu
  • Approval date: 5 August 2014
  • Published date: 8 August 2014
  • Question number: EFSA-Q-2014-00135
  • On request from: European Commission


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 propamocarb in spring onions and Chinese cabbage. In order to accommodate for the intended uses of propamocarb, Belgium proposed to raise the existing MRLs from the value of 0.1¢ mg/kg to 30 mg/kg for spring onions and from 10 mg/kg to 20 mg/kg for Chinese cabbage. 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 MRL proposal of 30 mg/kg for the proposed uses on spring onions and of 20 mg/kg for Chinese cabbage. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of propamocarb in the commodities under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed uses of propamocarb on spring onions and Chinese cabbage will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.