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Review of the existing maximum residue levels for deltamethrin according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005


  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

  • Correspondence: pesticides.mrl@efsa.europa.eu
  • Acknowledgement: EFSA wishes to thank the rapporteur Member State Sweden for the preparatory work on this scientific output.
  • Approval date: 6 November 2015
  • Published date: 16 November 2015
  • Question number: EFSA-Q-2008-523
  • On request from: European Commission


According to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reviewed the maximum residue levels (MRLs) currently established at European level for the pesticide active substance deltamethrin. In order to assess the occurrence of deltamethrin residues in plants, processed commodities, rotational crops and livestock, EFSA considered the conclusions derived in the framework of Directive 91/414/EEC, the MRLs established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, as well as the European authorisations reported by Member States (incl. the supporting residues data). Based on the assessment of the available data, MRL proposals were derived and a consumer risk assessment was carried out. Some information required by the regulatory framework was found to be missing and a possible acute risk to consumers was identified. Hence, the consumer risk assessment is considered indicative only, most MRL proposals derived by EFSA still require further consideration by risk managers and measures for reduction of the consumer exposure should also be considered.