EU Modifies Existing Maximum Residue Limits for Fosetyl/phosphonic acid resulting from the use of Potassium phosphonates

| Contaminants & Pesticides | MRLs
Posted By: Benoit Gruber

On January 03rd, 2022, the European Food Safety Authority published the regulation on “Modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for fosetyl/phosphonic acid (fosetyl-Al (sum of fosetyl, phosphonic acid, and their salts, expressed as fosetyl)) in chards/beet leaves and honey” in accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005.

The scope of the document highlights the following:

  • The available data is found to be sufficient to draw the MRLs proposed for the commodities such as chards/beet leaves and honey;
  • Adequate analytical methods are available to control the residues of fosetyl and phosphonic acid;
  • The intended uses of potassium phosphonates on chards/beet leaves are proposed at 60 mg/kg or to 40 mg/kg and honey from 0.5 to 150 mg/kg or to 100 mg/kg;
  • Short-term and long-term intake of phosphonic acid residues in the given commodities from the use of potassium phosphonates is safe for use.

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