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On June 20, 2019, the European Union announced Commission Regulation amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding MRLs of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin.

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EU Amends Maximum Residue Levels for Pesticides in Certain Products

On June 20, 2019, The European Union has announced Commission Regulation amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 [1] of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to maximum residue levels (MRLs) for pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin.

Maximum Residue Levels for Pesticides in Certain Products

The changes and amendments in the Commission Regulations (EU) relate to the MRLs for pesticide residues of aminopyralid, captan, cyazofamid, flutianil, kresoxim-methyl, lambda-cyhalothrin, mandipropamid, pyraclostrobin, spiromesifen, spirotetramat, teflubenzuron and tetraconazole in or on certain products.

Table 1 Amendments of Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1015 [2] which replaced the Annex II and III Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

Pesticide Residues Commodity Maximum Residue Levels (mg/kg)
Captan CAS# 133-06-2 Cranberries and hops Annex II (a) of Regulation (EU) 2019/1015
Cyazofamid CAS# 120116-88-3 Potatoes, tomatoes and cucurbits
Kresoxim-methyl CAS# 143390-89-0 Products of animal origin following the use of the active substance on feed
lambda-Cyhalothrin CAS# 91465-08-6 Celeries, Florence fennels, soybeans, sunflower seeds and rice
Pyraclostrobin CAS# 175013-18-0 Citrus fruits, table grapes, flowering brassica, head cabbages, lettuces and salad plants, spinaches and similar leaves, globe artichokes, leeks and soyabeans
Teflubenzuron CAS# 83121-18-0
Citrus fruits
Flutianil CAS# 958647-10-4 Food and feed of plant and animal origin
Annex II (b) of Regulation (EU) 2019/1015
Aminopyralid CAS# 150114-71-9
Barley, millet, oat, rye and sorghum
Annex III of Regulation (EU) 2019/1015
Mandipropamid CAS# 374726-62-2
Beetroots, radishes, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, witloofs, peas (without pods) and globe artichokes
Spiromesifen CAS# 283594-90-1
Coffee beans
Spirotetramat CAS# 203313-25-1
Other small fruits and berries, kiwi fruits, garlic, Florence fennels and rhubarbs
Tetraconazole CAS# 112281-77-3
Kaki, linseeds and poppy seeds

Transition Arrangements

This Regulation provides a transition arrangement for the normal marketing, processing and consumption of products which have been produced before the modification of the MRLs, and for which the available information demonstrates that a high level of consumer protection is maintained. Therefore, Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 are amended in accordance with the Annex to Regulation (EU) 2019/1015, with effect on the twentieth day following that its publication on June 20, 2019.

What do the changes mean?

EU Member States, third countries and food business operators should prepare to meet the new requirements, which result in the modification of MRLs for aminopyralid, captan, cyazofamid, flutianil, kresoxim-methyl, lambda-cyhalothrin, mandipropamid, pyraclostrobin, spiromesifen, spirotetramat, teflubenzuron and tetraconazole on July 10, 2019.

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Next Step

This amendment is already in force.

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