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Food Law News - EU - 2016

Council of the EU - Minutes, 21 April 2016

PESTICIDES – Council discussions: Pesticides - Maximum residue levels

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Justice and Home Affairs Council Meeting on 21 April 2016:

Pesticides - maximum residue levels

The Council decided not to oppose the adoption of a regulation updating regulation 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels (MRLs) for Streptomyces K61 (formerly S. griseoviridis), Candida oleophila strain O, FEN 560 (also called fenugreek or fenugreek seed powder), Methyl decanoate (CAS 110-42-9), Methyl octanoate (CAS 111-11-5) and Terpenoid blend QRD 460 (6985/16).

Regulation 396/2005 establishes the MRLs permitted in products of animal or vegetable origin intended for human or animal consumption. These MRLs include, on the one hand, levels which are specific to particular foodstuffs intended for human or animal consumption and, on the other, a general limit which applies where no specific level has been set. MRL applications are communicated to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which issue a scientific opinion on each intended new MRL. Based on EFSA's opinion, the Commission proposes a regulation to establish a new MRL or to amend or remove an existing MRL and modifying the annexes of regulation 396/2005 accordingly.

This Commission regulation is subject to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny. This means that now that the Council has given its consent the Commission may adopt it, unless the European Parliament objects.

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