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July 20, 2017
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On July 18, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare published a new MRL amendment affecting imidacloprid; oxathiapiprolin; quinclorac; clofentezine; chlorpropham; spiramycin; tylosin; dazomet, metam and methyl isothiocyanate; picarbutrazox; fluopyram; fludioxonil; prohexadione-calcium; and mandestrobin.

Relevant MRL changes will appear in the Global MRL Database by July 28, 2017.
June 30, 2017
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On June 28, Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) published draft amendments proposing changes for imidacloprid and chlorimuron-ethyl (links in Portuguese).

Comments on these proposals must be submitted by July 29, 2017. Relevant proposed MRLs will display in the Global MRL Database on July 1, 2017.
February 1, 2017
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On January 24, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare published a proposal to amend numerous MRLs for pesticides and veterinary drugs. Comments on these proposals are due by February 7, 2017. Any proposals containing MRL decreases will likely be announced to the WTO in the coming months.

Relevant proposed MRLs will display in the Global MRL Database by February 2, 2017.

November 30, 2016
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On November 30, the U.S. EPA announced the receipt of pesticide petitions to establish MRLs on several active ingredients.

Comments must be received by December 30, 2016. MRLs from this proposal will display in the Global MRL Database on December 1, 2016.

November 9, 2016
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On November 8, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published conclusions on the peer reviews of the pesticide risk assessments for active ingredients clothianidin and imidacloprid in light of confirmatory data submitted.

The European Union’s current clothianidin and imidacloprid MRLs display in the Global MRL Database.

August 8, 2016
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On August 8, Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) published amendments for carbosulfan, copper compounds, difenoconazole, spiromesifen, flutriafol, fluxapyroxad, glufosinate-ammonium, imidacloprid, indoxacarb, thiodicarb, gibberellic acid, abamectin, azoxystrobin, 4-indol-3-ylbutyric acid, acibenzolar-S-methyl, and carbendazim.

MRL changes from these amendments will be entered in the Global MRL Database by Wednesday, August 10.

June 30, 2016
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On June 29, Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) published draft amendments proposing changes for the following active ingredients (in Portuguese): gibberellic acid, 4-indol-3-ylbutyric acid, abamectin, azoxystrobin, acibenzolar-S-methyl, carbendazim, carbosulfan, copper oxychloride, difenoconazole, spiromesifen, fluazifop-P-butyl, flutriafol, glufosinate-ammonium, imidacloprid, indoxacarb, and thiodicarb.

Comments on these proposals must be submitted by July 28, 2016. Relevant proposed MRLs will show in the Global MRL Database next week.

June 10, 2016
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On June 10, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a technical report on the outcome of the consultation with Member States, the applicant, and EFSA on the pesticide risk assessment for imidacloprid in light of confirmatory data.

The European Union's imidacloprid MRLs currently display in the Global MRL Database.

December 17, 2015
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On December 16, the U.S. EPA published a final rule extending existing time-limited tolerances for residues of the pesticides bifenthrin in or on apple, peach and nectarine; dinotefuran in or on pome fruit and stone fruit; imidacloprid in or on sugarcane, cane and sugarcane molasses; and streptomycin in or on grapefruit and grapefruit, dried pulp.

These time-limited tolerances correspond with pesticide residues in food that will result from the use of a pesticide under an emergency exemption granted by the EPA. Objections and requests for hearings must be received by February 16, 2016.

November 20, 2015
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On November 20, the European Food Safety Authroity (EFSA) published submissions received following an open call for data on clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam applied as seed treatments and granules in the EU.

EFSA will review the submitted data (Appendix A) and provide conclusions in an updated risk assessment for bees.

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