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EU Amends MRLs for Certain Pesticides Used in Food Products

The Commission of the European Union (EU) has recently issued two regulations that revise the maximum residue levels (MRLs) for a number of pesticides used in or on food and feed of plant or animal origin. 

Published on 29 October in the Official Journal of the European Union, Regulation (EU) 2019/1791 updates Annexes II, III and IV of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 that defines limits for certain pesticides. The specific MRL changes in this Regulation cover the use of the following pesticides in a wide variety of food types:

  • 1-decanol 
  • 2,4-D
  • ABE-IT 56
  • Cyprodinil
  • Dimethenamid
  • Fatty alcohols
  • Florpyrauxifen-benzyl
  • Fludioxonil
  • Fluopyram
  • Mepiquat
  • Pendimethalin
  • Picolinafen
  • Pyraflufen-ethyl
  • Pyridaben
  • S-abscisic acid
  • Trifloxystrobin

The revised MRLs covered in 2019/1791 are now in effect. 

A separate regulation, Regulation (EU) 2019/1792, was published on the same day in the Official Journal and amends Annexes II, III and V of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 to address the following pesticides:

  • Amitrole 
  • Fipronil
  • Flupyrsulfuron-methyl
  • Imazosulfuron
  • Isoproturon
  • Orthosulfamuron
  • Triasulfuron

The revised MRLs in 2019/1792 are applicable from 18 May 2020.

The text of Regulation (EU) 2019/1791 is available hereThe text of 2019/1792 is available here.

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