Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

Council Minutes, 6 March 2017

CONTAMINANTS - Pesticides - maximum residue levels: Council discussions

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council Meeting on the 6 March 2017

The Council decided not to oppose the adoption of a series of Commission regulations amending Annexes II, III and V of regulation no 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels (MRLs) for

in or on certain products.

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 issues a scientific opinion on each intended new MRL. Based on the 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 no 396/2005 accordingly.

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