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EFSA studies chlormequat residues in grape imports

The discovery of residues of the plant growth regulator, chlormequat, in table grapes originating from India is unlikely to pose a short-term risk, providing it does not exceed 1.06 mg/kg, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). However, children could be at risk if they ate a large amount of grapes containing chlormequat above this level, it concludes. The EFSA was asked to assess possible public health risks by the European Commission, which will consider if further action is needed to protect consumers. Chlormequat’s EU approval is only for cereals and non-edible crops, and does not include grapevines. Its maximum residue limit (MRL) for table grapes is therefore set at the lowest level of 0.05 mg/kg. The EFSA stresses that its calculation of the 1.06 mg/kg threshold level is just a safety assessment for a specific case and is not a recommendation for a change in the current MRL.

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