EFSA rejects MRL exemption for potassium tri-iodide
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a recommendation by the UK regulatory authorities that the fungicide and soil treatment, potassium tri-iodide, should not require an EU maximum residue limit (MRL) to be set. The UK had received an application from UK regulatory consultancy Exponent International to establish import tolerances for the active ingredient on bananas, melons and grapes. The ai is used outside the EU. US company Ajay North America received the first US approval in 2005 ( Agrow No 482, p 15). The UK authorities argued that the main residue is iodine, which occurs naturally, and that the ai should be exempt and placed in Annex IV of the EU pesticide MRL Regulation (396/2005). However, in a reasoned opinion, the EFSA highlights data gaps in the studies submitted and points out that a pre-condition of Annex IV listing is that an ai should have been evaluated under the EU agrochemical registration Directive (91/414).