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EU approvals amended for six low-risk ais

EU approval conditions have been amended for six active ingredients of natural origin, following a review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The ais were originally approved as repellents in 2009 under an accelerated process ( Agrow No 560, p 8). As a result of the review, further confirmatory data have been requested for three ais, blood meal, calcium carbonate and pepper. There are minor technical amendments for calcium carbide, limestone and quartz sand. The accelerated process allowed the 2009 approvals to go ahead before the EFSA’s peer review procedure had been finalised. This has been completed for the six ais and their approved listings under the EU agrochemical registration Regulation (1107/2009) direct member states to refer to the peer review conclusions and apply appropriate risk mitigation measures. The name of the ai, pepper, is amended to “pepper dust extraction residue”. The amendments apply from September 1st. For blood meal, calcium carbonate and pepper, confirmatory data must be submitted by March 1st 2013 by the companies that supported their original EU approval.

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