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Withdrawal of use of diquat on cereal crops

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Regulatory Update: 13/2016
Issued: 26th July 2016


To communicate changes to the authorised uses for plant protection products containing diquat as a result of revised Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) on cereal crops. 


EU MRLs are being reviewed under Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005.  The review is a collaborative project between all Member States, EFSA and the European Commission, with the aim of establishing fully supported, harmonised MRLs throughout the EU.   

Changes for diquat 

What action is required? 

All uses of diquat on barley will be withdrawn in the next two weeks, and a withdrawal notice will be sent to affected authorisation holders. 
Authorisation holders will be instructed to inform growers, distributors and other interested parties of these changes so they can take steps to comply with the new conditions of use.  
Product labels must be revised to take account of these changes at the next label run at the minimum, although authorisation holders can take action sooner if appropriate.


Updated 2016-11-21