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07 May, 2020 Legal Update

EU: Pesticide Withdrawals

EU: Pesticide Withdrawals

The European Commission notified the World Trade Organization of the Draft Commissions Implementing Regulation concerning the non-renewal of approval of the active substances bromoxynil and mancozeb, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011.

The Drafts provide that the approvals of the active substances bromoxynil and mancozeb are not renewed and, therefore, existing authorized plant protection products containing these substances will be withdrawn from the market. These decisions do not affect the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for residues of these pesticides. However, following the non-approval, separate actions may be taken on the MRLs.
The deadline for comments is June 16, 2020.
Currently, the MRLs for bromoxynil in tree nuts, apricots, plums, grapes, cranberries, dates, figs and peanuts is 0.01* ppm. The MRL for mancozeb in tree nuts, dates and figs is 0.05* ppm (except walnuts at 0.1 ppm); in apricots and plums is 0.2 ppm; in grapes and cranberries is 5 ppm, and in peanuts is 0.1* ppm.
*Indicates lower limit of determination.
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