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Forthcoming revocation of off-label UK Uses of Pyrimethanil on certain types of cane fruit and leafy brassicas grown for baby leaf production

Regulatory Update: 22/2007

Issued: 27 July 2007

Background

A decision was taken at the July meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health that will have a significant bearing on some authorised off-label uses of pyrimethanil in the UK.

On the basis of proposals from the Commission services, the Standing Committee voted to lower to the limit of determination (LOD) the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) set for pyrimethanil in cane fruit (other than blackberries and raspberries), and the MRL applying to brassicas grown for baby leaf production. A Commission Directive should be published shortly to put this decision into effect.

What this means

As a result of this decision, UK authorised off-label uses of the product Scala (MAPP No. 11695) - containing pyrimethanil - on loganberries, boysenberries, marionberries, sunberries, tayberries, and brassicas grown for baby leaf production will be revoked, as these uses generate residues above the new MRL s.

Other authorised UK uses of pyrimethanil are unaffected.

Future revocation action

The timetable for revocation will be determined by the terms of the published Directive. The Pesticide Safety Directorate (PSD) will confirm these details and the terms of the revocation action that will be taken as soon as we are in a position to do so. However on the basis of the proposal it is likely the new MRLs will come into effect in the summer of 2008, and will require immediate revocation of uses following the publication of the Directive to prevent food with excess residues being put in the supply chain after that time.

Enquiries

Enquiries concerning this update should be sent to Russell Wedgbury (Tel: 01904 455780, email: russell.wedgbury@hse.gsi.gov.uk or in writing)

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