Summary of the issue
It’s a pleasure to eat good food, but we need to know that our food is safe. Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) provide a measurable trading standard that help ensure food produced using pesticides is suitable for our consumption.
Why it’s important
Food should be free from harmful pesticide residues, so pesticides are only authorised for use once independent risk assessment confirms that correct use of the product will not lead to health concerns. In fact, a MRL builds-in a safety margin 100x that of the actual safety level for a pesticide residue. Food products that exceed a MRL are not allowed on the market. Exceeding a MRL does not necessarily imply a risk to health – however, it usually indicates that a pesticide has been used incorrectly.
Pesticide use and food safety (Report)VIEW
ECPA position on alignment of PPP authorisation under 1107/2009 with MRLs under Regulation 396/2005 - ECPA positionVIEW
ECPA position on the Consumer Risk Assessment of Dietary MetabolitesVIEW
ECPA position on the future revision of Regulations 1107/2009 and 396/2005VIEW