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20 January, 2022 Legal Update

Pesticides Update: January 2022

Pesticides Update: January 2022


Learn about this month's pesticide update with news from Australia, Europe, and Japan. 

Australia: Proposal to Amend the Food Standards Code

This Proposal pursues to amend the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to bring into line the following maximum residue limits (MRLs) for various agricultural and veterinary chemicals, in order to be consistent with other national regulations relating to the safe and effective use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals: Aclonifen, Cyflumetofen, Cyprodinil, Dithiocarbamates, Florylpicoxamid, Fludioxonil, Glyphosate, Imazapic, Imazapyr, Propiconazole and Spirotetramat in specified plant commodities Aclonifen, Cyflumetofen and Florylpicoxamid in specified animal commodities.
 
Deadline for comments ends February 18, 2022.
 
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EFSA Publishes Reasoned Opinion on Isoxaben

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published on January 17, 2022, a review of the existing maximum residue levels for isoxaben according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005.
 
The metabolism of isoxaben in plants was investigated in primary and rotational crops. According to the results of the metabolism studies, the residue definition for enforcement and risk assessment can be proposed as parent isoxaben for all crops following soil treatment and early post-emergence applications.
 
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EU: Draft Commission Regulation as Regards Pesticide MRLs

Draft Commission Regulation amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for 2,4-D, azoxystrobin, cyhalofop-butyl, cymoxanil, fenhexamid, flazasulfuron, florasulam, fluroxypyr, iprovalicarb and silthiofam in or on certain products G/SPS/N/EU/533 Following the evaluation of confirmatory data, the proposed draft Regulation amends the existing MRLs for 2,4-D, azoxystrobin, cyhalofop-butyl, cymoxanil, fenhexamid, flazasulfuron, florasulam, iprovalicarb and silthiofam in certain food commodities and keeps the existing MRLs for fluroxypyr.
 
Products covered include tree nuts and certain fruit and vegetables.
 
Deadline for comments ends February 18, 2022.
 
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EU: MRL Applications

The Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed Section Phytopharmaceuticals – Pesticide Residues held a meeting on November 22-23, 2021.
 
The following MRL applications had been submitted in accordance with Article 6 of EC No 396/2005 in support of import tolerances:
  • flutolanil used in the United States on peanuts/ groundnuts;
  • azoxystrobin used in Colombia on oil palm fruits;
  • outcome of the vote by written procedure: favourable opinion.

Japan: 245th Food Safety Group

A recent USDA GAIN report highlights proposed revisions from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare to maximum residue levels (MRL) for 7 agricultural chemicals (Sulfoxaflor, Pyraflufen-ethyl, Benthiavalicarb-isopropyl, Polyoxorim-zinc, Polyoxin complex, Spinosad, and also to Pyrantel and Morantel) for numerous agricultural commodities. In addition, the Ministry of Health and Welfare proposes to designate a feed additive (Benzoic acid) as a "Substance having no potential to cause damage to human health", which will exempt it from MRL establishment.
 
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