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EU: Chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl lose approval

After the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) raised health concerns about the pesticide, the EU Commission reacted. As of February 2020, pesticides may no longer contain chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl.

Since the substance can not be determined with a safe maximum exposure limit, i.e. no toxicological reference value, the EU Commission intends to reduce maximum residue limits (MRL) to the analytical limit of quantification and to shorten the usual six-month period of the regulation taking effect to three months. Accordingly, the new MRLs are expected to become valid in the third quarter of 2020.
Since no transitional arrangements are to be granted, this is also the sell-off period for all products that do not comply with the new MRLs.

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