EFSA proposes temporary Residue Levels for pesticides

Thursday 15 March 2007

EFSA has issued an opinion on the possible health risks from certain proposed residue levels of pesticides in food and feed. This is one of the first steps in the full EU harmonisation of national maximum residue levels for pesticides in the Member States.

EFSA has performed an initial risk assessment screening of the proposed temporary Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) based on available data provided by the European Commission. EFSA undertook model calculations which aimed to estimate the exposure of European consumers. According to the risk assessment, 92 of the 236 active substances evaluated by EFSA were unlikely to present a risk to consumers. For the remaining 144 substances, the first screening could not exclude a potential consumer risk.

EU wide Maximum Residue Levels are already set for about 250 active substances (ingredient compounds used in pesticides).

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