Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) are the allowable limit of pesticide residues in food. The limits are ascertained through MRL testing

Maximum Residue Level Changes

A number of changes to EC regulations have been published. These regulations will become active in the 1st quarter of 2018 and the 3rd quarter of 2018. These changes include both reductions and increases of the Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs).

Regulation EC 2018/73 is an amendment to annexes II and III of regulation EC 396/2005 and describes changes in maximum residue levels for Mercury compounds in or on certain fresh produce. This regulation becomes active on the 7th of February 2018. 
 
Regulation EC 2018/70 is an amendment to annexes II, III and IV of regulation EC 396/2005 and describes changes in maximum residue levels for AmetoctradineChlorpyrifos-methylCyproconazoleFluazinamFlutriafolProhexadione and Sodium Chloride in or on certain fresh produce. This regulation becomes active on the 6th of February 2018.
 
Regulation EC 2018/78 is an amendment of annexes II and III of regulation EC 396/2005 and describes changes in the maximum residue levels for 2- Phenylphenol,Bensulfuron-methylDimethachlor and Lufenuron in or on certain fresh produce. This regulation becomes active on the 8th of August 2018.
 
For the latest Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs), check the EU pesticide database.

Kind Regards,

Ruth,

About Ruth

Ruth Vaughan is the Technical Director at Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Ltd. (CROPNUTS). Ruth is also a contributing author to Kenya’s leading horticulture magazines such as the HortFresh JournalHortiNews and Floriculture. Ruth is a great believer in soil health, organic matter, biochar and carbon sequestration as a way to alleviate climate change and increase food security. Loves visiting farmers and seeing all the different farming methods