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Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRL for fluopicolide in Chinese cabbage


  • European Food Safety Authority

  • Correspondence: pesticides.mrl@efsa.europa.eu
  • Approval date: 4 September 2014
  • Published date: 17 September 2014
  • Question number: EFSA-Q-2014-00134
  • 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 MRL for the active substance fluopicolide in Chinese cabbage. In order to accommodate for the intended use of fluopicolide, Belgium proposed to raise the existing MRL from the value of 0.1 mg/kg to 2 mg/kg. The EMS 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 an MRL proposal of 2 mg/kg for the proposed use on Chinese cabbage. Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to control the residues of fluopicolide in Chinese cabbage. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes that the proposed use of fluopicolide on Chinese cabbage will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.