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Reasoned opinion on the setting of maximum residue levels for tefluthrin in various crops

Authors

  • European Food Safety Authority


  • Correspondence: pesticides.mrl@efsa.europa.eu
  • Approval date: 3 July 2015
  • Published date: 15 July 2015
  • Question number: EFSA-Q-2013-00259
  • On request from: European Commission

Abstract

In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, France, hereafter referred to as the evaluating Member State (EMS), received an application from Syngenta Agro S.A.S. to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the active substance tefluthrin in beetroots, celeriacs, radishes, swedes, turnips, garlic, onions, shallots, herbal infusions from roots, root and rhizome spices, sugar beet and chicory roots. In order to accommodate for the intended uses of tefluthrin, France proposed to raise the existing MRLs from 0.05 mg/kg to 0.1 mg/kg for radishes, 0.09 mg/kg for beetroots, swedes, turnips, herbal infusions from roots, root and rhizome spices, sugar beet and chicory roots, 0.15 mg/kg for celeriacs and onions and 0.4 mg/kg for garlic and shallots. France 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 0.08 mg/kg for beetroots, celeriacs, swedes and turnips, of 0.1 mg/kg on radishes, of 0.07 mg/kg on garlic, onions, sugar beet and chicory roots, of 0.3 mg/kg on shallots and of 0.7 mg/kg on herbal infusions from roots and root and rhizome spices in northern and southern Europe.

Adequate analytical enforcement methods are available to monitor the residues of tefluthrin on the commodities under consideration. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concludes thatthe proposed use of tefluthrin on beetroots, celeriacs, radishes, swedes, turnips, garlic, onions, shallots, herbal infusions from roots, root and rhizome spices, sugar beet and chicory roots will not result in a consumer exposure exceeding the toxicological reference values and therefore is unlikely to pose a consumer health risk.

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