Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

Council Minutes, 13 November 2017

PESTICIDES – Council Discussions: Pesticides - maximum residue levels

The following is an extract from the minutes of the General Affairs Council meeting on the 15 November 2017:

The Council decided not to oppose the adoption of a Commission regulation replacing Annex I to regulation 396/2005 as regards the list of products of plant and animal origin to which the maximum residue levels of pesticides ('MRLs') set in the body of the regulation apply (12734/17 + ADD 1 and ADD 2).

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 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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