Two new European regulations have just been published in the Official Journal of the European Union:

  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/70 of 16 January 2018 amending Annexes II, III and IV to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue limits for ametoctradine, chlorpyrifos-methyl, cyproconazole, difenoconazole, fluazinam, flutriafol, prohexadione
    Among the amendments introduced by this Regulation:
    The MRL of Ametoctradin on herbs is increased from 0.01mg/kg to 20mg/kg.
    MRLs for methyl chlorpyrifos on pomegranate and khaki increased from 0.05 to 0.3 and 0.05 to 0.5 mg/kg respectively.
    The MRL of cyproconazole on borage seeds is increased from 0.05 to 0.4mg/kg.
    MRLs for difenoconazole on Strawberries, Cabbage, Lettuce, Scarole, Watercress, Young Shoots, Fine Herbs, Leek, Leek, Barley, Licorice, Ginger and Turmeric have been revised upwards.
    MRLs for Fluazinam on garlic, onion and shallot increased from 0.01 to 0.06 mg/kg.
    The MRL of Flutriafol on Hops increased from 0.05 to 20 mg/kg.
    The MRL of Prohexadione on Plum decreased from 0.01 to 0.05mg/kg.
    Sodium chloride has been included in Schedule IV of the Regulations.

This text was published on 17/01/18 and will enter into force on the 20th day following its publication.

  • Committee Regulation (EU) 2018/73 of 16 January 2018 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue limits for mercury compounds in or on certain products.
    As Directive 79/117/EEC prohibits the placing on the market and use of plant protection products containing mercury, all MRLs were set at the threshold of detection under Regulation (EU) 149/2008.
    MRLs for mercury compounds had never been revised since the European harmonization of MRLs.
    The special feature of this new regulation is that it takes into account for the first time the presence of mercury due to environmental contamination.
    Among the amendments introduced by this Regulation:
    The MRL on nuts increased from 0.01 to 0.02 mg/kg.
    The MRL for herbs increased from 0.01 to 0.03 mg/kg.
    The MRL on mushrooms has increased from 0.01 to 0.05 mg/kg.
    MRLs for wild mushrooms increased from 0.01 to 0.5mg/kg except for ceps where it was set at 0.9mg/kg.
    MRLs for ginger, turmeric and mace increased from 0.02 to 0.05mg/kg.

This text was published on 18/01/18 and will enter into force on the 20th day following its publication.

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