EU Modifies Existing Maximum Residue Levels for Fosetyl/Phosphonic acid in Citrus Fruits

| Contaminants & Pesticides | MRLs
Posted By: Trace One

On November 10th, 2021, the European Food Safety Authority published an article on “Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for fosetyl/phosphonic acid in citrus fruits resulting from the use of potassium phosphonates”.

The document highlights the Tolerance Limits of Pesticides set for Citrus Fruits as follows:

  • The assessment was carried out on citrus fruits such as Oranges, Mandarins, Limes, Grapefruits, and Lemons;
  • Available data shows adequate analytical methods to control the residues of potassium phosphonates according to the existing and proposed residues;
  • Three options of MRL proposals for further risk management consideration was presented;
  • 100 mg/kg is proposed tentatively for grapefruit and oranges, and is recommended for lemons, limes, and mandarins;
  • The MRL recommendations have not yet been implemented by MRL legislation;
  • Short-term and long-term intake of residues resulting from the use of potassium phosphonates is unlikely to present a risk to consumer health.


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