Commission lowers dozen pesticide residue caps

The European Commission adopted a regulation to lower the maximum residue levels (MRLs) for 11 pesticide active ingredients on Thursday after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) highlighted safety concerns.

New information on toxicology, consumer exposure and expected residues led EFSA to conclude that the existing MRLs were too high for some consumer groups such as children.

The regulation lowers the MRLs for all pesticide-crop combinations for which EFSA established a potential risk, including dimethoate on cherries (lowered from 1 to 0.2 mg/kg) and fenamiphos on carrots (lowered from 0.5 to 0.05 mg/kg). The regulation will enter force after its publication in the EU's official journal.

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