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
- Revised MRLs for diquat in various commodities are due to come into force on 14 January 2017 (Regulation 2016/1002).
- The Regulation contains a transitional measure at Article 2 which means that for most products containing diquat, the revised MRLs set will only apply to crops treated after 14 January 2017.
- For specific crops where a risk to consumers was identified (barley, maize and wheat), no transitional arrangement can be applied, so all barley, maize and wheat products, irrespective of when they were treated, will need to comply with the new MRL of 0.02 mg/kg from 14 January 2017.
- On the basis of current evidence, any crops treated in the near future will not comply with the new MRLs on 14 January 2017, so it is necessary to withdraw the uses on these crops. In the UK, only use on barley is authorised.
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All uses of diquat on barley will be withdrawn in the next two weeks, and a withdrawal notice will be sent to affected authorisation holders.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.