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Reasoned opinion on the setting of import tolerances for acetochlor in soya beans and cotton seeds


  • European Food Safety Authority

  • Correspondence: pesticides.mrl@efsa.europa.eu
  • Approval date: 18 August 2015
  • Published date: 15 September 2015
  • Question number: EFSA-Q-2012-00364
  • On request from: European Commission


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, Spain, the evaluating Member State, received an application from Monsanto Europe NV to set import tolerances for the active substance acetochlor in soya bean and cotton seed, imported from the USA at the level of 0.6 mg/kg. This proposal included a change in the residue definition for the European MRL to acetochlor and its metabolites containing the ethyl methyl aniline (EMA) moiety and the hydroxyethyl methyl aniline (HEMA) moiety calculated as the stoichiometric equivalents of acetochlor. Spain 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, an appropriate residue definition for risk assessment and MRLs on soya bean and cotton seed cannot be proposed.