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All permissions for Chlorpyrifos and Chlorpyrifos-methyl plant protection products were recalled in the EU
On 18 February 2020, Member States endorsed a proposal by the Commission to lower the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) of chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl in food and feed to the lowest level that can be measured by analytical methods.
The endorsed Regulation includes a shorter than normal period of deferral for the application of the lower MRLs (3 months instead of the usual period of 6 months from the date of entry into force of the Regulation). Moreover, no further transitional period will be granted for products already on the market on the date of application.
The new lowered MRLs will apply both to food produced in the EU and also to imports.
The MRL is expected to be set at the lowest limit of analytical determination (LOD) in EU law which is 0.01 mg/kg. Any residue of more than 0.01 mg/kg, will be considered a non-compliance and a justification for prohibiting the placing the product/component on the EU market / importing into the EU for circulation.
The revised MRLs for these substances are expected to apply to imports from third countries such as Ukraine from October 2020. Anything with a residue above this limit can be rejected at the border and prevented from entering/circulating on the market in the EU.
The safest way to avoid MRL non-compliances for exports of grains and seeds and their products and by-products to the EU and their consequent rejection at the border is to exclude the use of or any contact with any chemicals including these active substances for products intended for the EU market.