EFSA sets Import Tolerances for Bifenthrin in Maize Grain and Sweet Corn

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On December 23, 2020, the European Food Safety Authority scientific opinions published data in accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 based on the applicant submitted request to set “Import tolerances for bifenthrin in sweet corn and maize grain”.

The scope of the document is highlighted and below are the main observations:

  • The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive an MRL proposal for maize grain at the limit of quantification of 0.05 mg/kg.
  • For sweet corn, data gaps were identified which precluded the derivation of an MRL proposal.
  • Adequate analytical methods for enforcement are available to control the residues of bifenthrin (sum of isomers) in plant matrices under consideration at the validated limit of quantification (LOQ) of 0.01 mg/kg and in animal matrices.
  • Short-term and long-term intake of residues resulting from the uses of bifenthrin according to the reported agricultural practices is unlikely to present a risk to consumer health.
  • The risk assessment is affected by additional non-standard uncertainty related to the expiry of EU authorization for a number of crops for which previously EU MRLs were established, and which are still included in the risk assessment.

To view the table of summary of assessment of confirmatory data and the recommended MRL modifications to Regulation (EU) No 396/2005 relating to the application for import tolerances in maize grain and sweet corn, check out the Food News Monitoring System.