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Commission Directive 2007/8/EC of 20 February 2007 amending Annexes to Council Directives 76/895/EEC, 86/362/EEC and 90/642/EEC as regards maximum residue levels for phosphamidon and mevinphos (Text with EEA relevance)

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Commission Directive 2007/8/EC

of 20 February 2007

amending Annexes to Council Directives 76/895/EEC, 86/362/EEC and 90/642/EEC as regards maximum residue levels for phosphamidon and mevinphos

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 76/895/EEC of 23 November 1976 relating to the fixing of maximum levels for pesticide residues in and on fruit and vegetables(1), and in particular Article 5 thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 86/362/EEC of 24 July 1986 on the fixing of maximum levels for pesticide residues in and on cereals(2), and in particular Article 10 thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 90/642/EEC of 27 November 1990 on the fixing of maximum levels for pesticide residues in and on certain products of plant origin, including fruit and vegetables(3), and in particular Article 7 thereof,

Whereas:

(1) In the case of cereals and products of plant origin including fruit and vegetables, residue levels reflect the use of minimum quantities of pesticides necessary to achieve effective protection of plants, applied in such a manner that the amount of residue is as low as is practicable and toxicologically acceptable, having regard, in particular to the protection of the environment and the estimated dietary intake of consumers. In the case of foodstuffs of animal origin, residue levels reflect the consumption by animals of cereals and products of plant origin treated with pesticides and, where relevant, the direct consequences of the use of veterinary medicines. Community maximum residue levels (MRLs) represent the upper limit of the amount of such residues that might be expected to be found in commodities when good agricultural practices have been respected.

(2) MRLs for pesticides are kept under review and changed to take account of new information and data. MRLs are fixed at the lower limit of analytical determination where authorised uses of plant protection products do not result in detectable levels of pesticide residue in or on the food product, or where there are no authorised uses, or where uses which have been authorised by Member States have not been supported by the necessary data, or where uses in third countries resulting in residues in or on food products which may enter into circulation in the Community market have not been supported by the necessary data.

(3) The Commission was informed that for phosphamidon and mevinphos current MRLs may need to be revised in the light of the availability of new information on the toxicology and consumer intake. The Commission asked the relevant rapporteur Member States to make proposals for the review of Community MRLs. Such proposals were submitted to the Commission.

(4) The lifetime and short-term exposure of consumers to the pesticides referred to in this Directive via food products has been reassessed and evaluated in accordance with Community procedures and practices, taking account of guidelines published by the World Health Organisation(4). On that basis, it is appropriate to fix new MRLs, which will ensure that there is no unacceptable consumer exposure.

(5) Where relevant, the acute exposure of consumers to those pesticides via each of the food products that may contain residues has been assessed and evaluated in accordance with Community procedures and practices, taking account of guidelines published by the World Health Organisation. It is concluded that the presence of pesticide residues at or below the new MRLs will not cause acute toxic effects.

(6) Through the World Trade Organisation, the Community's trading partners have been consulted about the new MRLs and their comments on these levels have been taken into account.

(7) The Annexes to Directives 76/895/EEC, 86/362/EEC and 90/642/EEC should therefore be amended accordingly.

(8) The measures provided for in this Directive are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

Article 1U.K.

In Annex II to Directive 76/895/EEC the entries relating to phosphamidon and mevinphos are deleted.

Article 2U.K.

Directive 86/362/EEC is amended as follows in accordance with Annex I to this Directive.

Article 3U.K.

Directive 90/642/EEC is amended in accordance with Annex II to this Directive.

Article 4U.K.

1.Member States shall adopt and publish, by 1 September 2007 at the latest, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive. They shall forthwith communicate to the Commission the text of those provisions and a correlation table between those provisions and this Directive.

They shall apply those provisions from 2 September 2007.

When Member States adopt those provisions, they shall contain a reference to this Directive or be accompanied by such a reference on the occasion of their official publication. Member States shall determine how such reference is to be made.

2.Member States shall communicate to the Commission the text of the main provisions of national law which they adopt in the field covered by this Directive.

Article 5U.K.

This Directive shall enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Article 6U.K.

This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 20 February 2007.

For the Commission

Markos Kyprianou

Member of the Commission

ANNEX IU.K.

In part A of Annex II to Directive 86/362/EEC the following lines for phosphamidon and mevinphos are added:

a

Indicates lower limit of analytical determination’

Pesticide residuesMaximum levels in mg/kg
‘Phosphamidon

0,01a

Cereals

Mevinphos, sum of E- and Z-isomers

0,01a

Cereals

ANNEX IIU.K.

In part A of Annex II to Directive 90/642/EEC the following columns for phosphamidon and mevinphos are added:

a

Indicates lower limit of analytical determination.’

Pesticide residue and maximum residue level (mg/kg)
Groups and examples of individual products to which the MRLs would applyPhosphamidonMevinphos, sum of E- and Z-isomers

‘1. Fruit, fresh, dried or uncooked, preserved by freezing, not containing added sugar; nuts

0,01a0,01a

(i)CITRUS FRUIT

Grapefruit
Lemons
Limes
Mandarins (including clementines and other hybrids)
Oranges
Pomelos
Others

(ii)TREE NUTS (shelled or unshelled)

Almonds
Brazil nuts
Cashew nuts
Chestnuts
Coconuts
Hazelnuts
Macadamia
Pecans
Pine nuts
Pistachios
Walnuts
Others

(iii)POME FRUIT

Apples
Pears
Quinces
Others

(iv)STONE FRUIT

Apricots
Cherries
Peaches (including nectarines and similar hybrids)
Plums
Others

(v)BERRIES AND SMALL FRUIT

(a)Table and wine grapes

Table grapes
Wine grapes

(b)Strawberries (other than wild)

(c)Cane fruit (other than wild)

Blackberries
Dewberries
Loganberries
Raspberries
Others

(d)Other small fruit and berries (other than wild)

Bilberries
Cranberries
Currants (red, black and white)
Gooseberries
Others

(e)Wild berries and wild fruit

(vi)MISCELLANEOUS

Avocados
Bananas
Dates
Figs
Kiwi
Kumquats
Litchis
Mangoes
Olives (table consumption)
Olives (oil extraction)
Papaya
Passion fruit
Pineapples
Pomegranate
Others

2. Vegetables, fresh or uncooked, frozen or dry

0,01a0,01a

(i)ROOT AND TUBER VEGETABLES

Beetroot
Carrots
Cassava
Celeriac
Horseradish
Jerusalem artichokes
Parsnips
Parsley root
Radishes
Salsify
Sweet potatoes
Swedes
Turnips
Yam
Others

(ii)BULB VEGETABLES

Garlic
Onions
Shallots
Spring onions
Others

(iii)FRUITING VEGETABLES

(a)Solanacea

Tomatoes
Peppers
Aubergines
Okra
Others

(b)Cucurbits — edible peel

Cucumbers
Gherkins
Courgettes
Others

(c)Cucurbits-inedible peel

Melons
Squashes
Watermelons
Others

(d)Sweet corn

(iv)BRASSICA VEGETABLES

(a)Flowering brassica

Broccoli (including Calabrese)
Cauliflower
Others

(b)Head brassica

Brussels sprouts
Head cabbage
Others

(c)Leafy brassica

Chinese cabbage
Kale
Others

(d)Kohlrabi

(v)LEAF VEGETABLES AND FRESH HERBS

(a)Lettuce and similar

Cress
Lamb's lettuce
Lettuce
Scarole (broad-leaf endive)
Ruccola
Leaves and stems of brassica
Others

(b)Spinach and similar

Spinach
Beet leaves (chard)
Others

(c)Water cress

(d)Witloof

(e)Herbs

Chervil
Chives
Parsley
Celery leaves
Others

(vi)LEGUME VEGETABLES (fresh)

Beans (with pods)
Beans (without pods)
Peas (with pods)
Peas (without pods)
Others

(vii)STEM VEGETABLES (fresh)

Asparagus
Cardoons
Celery
Fennel
Globe artichokes
Leek
Rhubarb
Others

(viii)FUNGI

(a)Cultivated mushrooms

(b)Wild mushrooms

3. Pulses

0,01a0,01a
Beans
Lentils
Peas
Lupines
Others

4. Oilseeds

0,01a0,01a
Linseed
Peanuts
Poppy seed
Sesame seed
Sunflower seed
Rape seed
Soya bean
Mustard seed
Cotton seed
Hemp seed
Others

5. Potatoes

0,01a0,01a
Early potatoes
Ware potatoes

6. Tea (dried leaves and stalks, fermented or other-wise, Camellia sinensis)

0,02a0,02a

7. Hops (dried), including hop pellets and unconcentrated powder

0,02a0,02a
(1)

OJ L 340, 9.12.1976, p. 26. Directive as last amended by Commission Directive 2006/92/EC (OJ L 311, 10.11.2006, p. 31).

(2)

OJ L 221, 7.8.1986, p. 37. Directive as last amended by Commission Directive 2006/92/EC.

(3)

OJ L 350, 14.12.1990, p. 71. Directive as last amended by Commission Directive 2006/92/EC.

(4)

Guidelines for predicting dietary intake of pesticide residues (revised), prepared by the GEMS/Food Programme in collaboration with the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues, published by the World Health Organisation 1997 (WHO/FSF/FOS/97.7).

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