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EU adjusts DPA MRLs in apples and pears

The European Commission has revised maximum residue limits (MRLs) for the phased-out fungicide, diphenylamine (DPA), after being told that cross-contamination of untreated apples and pears is "unavoidable". DPA failed to gain EU re-registration in 2009 and again in 2012, and was phased out in 2011 (Agrow No 642, p 12). This would normally lead to the active ingredient’s MRLs in all crops being reduced to 0.05 mg/kg, or the lowest level of detection, because the presence of any residues would be illegal. However, the Commission has set a temporary MRL of 0.1 mg/kg for apples and pears, regarding this to be the lowest possible level that would "still allow the normal marketing and trade of untreated apples and pears".

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