Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

Council Minutes, 11 December 2017

PESTICIDES - Pesticides - maximum residue levels: Council discussions

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting on the 11 December 2017:

The Council decided not to oppose the adoption of a Commission regulation amending Annexes II, III and IV to regulation 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels (MRLs) for ametoctradin, chlorpyrifos-methyl, cyproconazole, difenoconazole, fluazinam, flutriafol, prohexadione and sodium chloride in or on certain products (13880/17 + ADD 1 + 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 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.

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