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May 21, 2021
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Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently notified the WTO of adopted MRLs for difenoconazole, flupyradifurone, ethephon, propiconazole, thiabendazole, and dimethoate.

Relevant amended MRLs will be available in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database on May 22, 2021.

May 21, 2021
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Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food Meeting – by Jeffery Mitchell, Senior Regulatory Analyst, Bryant Christie Inc.

The 14th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF) was held virtually from May 3-7 and 13, 2021. This was one of the first Codex committee meetings held virtually, and the first that BCI had attended under this format. The virtual meeting format had both its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, more members of BCI were able to attend, with Jeffery Mitchell sitting on the U.S. delegation, while Karlee Charlton and Madison Jackson attended as members of the public. Codex meetings are great learning opportunities, and the virtual format allowed more of BCI’s Regulatory Intelligence unit than usual to benefit from this knowledge gain. There was also more representation from countries that may not typically have the resources to attend in-person meetings. Negatives included only three-hour sessions daily compared to the typical eight-hours per day, which constricted the Committee’s ability to conduct a full slate of work.

The meeting was hosted by the Dutch who did an excellent job keeping it on track. All agenda items were discussed, and somehow the total overrun time from the six sessions was kept under 45 minutes. However, due to the virtual format and the shortened meeting times, there seemed to be an unstated understanding that difficult or controversial issues would be discussed, but that seeking a resolution would be postponed until next year’s meeting. Regardless, the Committee was able to clear out simpler issues and those for which a compromise was easy to strike, as well as to gather feedback on the more difficult issues to allow work to continue during the year. All in all, it was a somewhat subdued meeting; however, it allowed the Committee to continue its work so that it will be in a strong position when it hopefully returns to its normal format next year. Considering the circumstances, this should be considered a success.

 

May 20, 2021
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently published the following amendments to Great Britain's MRLs:

Relevant MRL changes from these amendments will display in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database on May 21, 2021.
May 20, 2021
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Recently, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) proposed MRLs for methoprene

Comments are due by August 1, 2021. The proposed MRLs will display in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database on May 21, 2021.

May 18, 2021
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Recently, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) proposed MRLs for pendimethalin, oxathiapiprolin, metalaxyl, and lambda-cyhalothrin.

Comments  for pendimethalin, oxathiapiprolin, and metalaxyl are due by July 27, 2021, while comments for lambda-cyhalothrin are due by July 28, 2021. The proposed MRLs will display in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database on May 19, 2021.

May 17, 2021
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On May 17, the U.S. EPA established tolerances for residues of trifludimoxazin in or on various commodities. 

Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before July 16, 2021. Relevant MRLs will be available in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database on May 18, 2021.

May 17, 2021
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On May 13, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare posted Food Safety Update 0513 No. 1 affecting several active ingredients.

Relevant MRL changes will display in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database by May 20, 2021.

May 13, 2021
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On May 10, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a reasoned opinion on the review of the existing MRLs for valifenalate

Proposed MRLs from this reasoned opinion will display in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database on May 14, 2021. 

May 12, 2021
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On May 12, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs and setting of import tolerances for thiabendazole in various crops.

Proposed MRLs from this reasoned opinion will display in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database on May 13, 2021.

May 12, 2021
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Recently, Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) published amendments to the monographs for abamectin, cypermethrin, beta-cypermethrin, fluazinam, and iprodione (links in Portuguese).

Relevant MRLs from these amendments will be available in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database on May 13, 2021.

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