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SGS Informs on EU Updates of Commission Regulations on Pesticide MRLS in Food and the Control Program for 2015-2017

In April 2014, the European Union has announced 2 Commission Regulations.

Bangkok, Thailand, June 20, 2014 --( Commission Regulation (EU) No.398/2014 – Maximum Residue Levels for Pesticides in Food

The first is Commission Regulation (EU) No.398/2014 amending Annexes II and III to Directive 2005/396/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for pesticides. The second is Commission Regulation (EU) No.400/2014 concerning a coordinated multiannual control program of the Union for 2015, 2016 and 2017 to ensure compliance with maximum residue levels of pesticides and to assess the consumer exposure to pesticide residues in and on food of plant and animal origin.

Commission Regulations (EU) No 396/20053 – Pesticide MRLs in Food and Feed

The changes and amendments in the Commission Regulations (EU) No 396/20053 are related to the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for pesticides benthiavalicarb, cyazofamid, cyhalofop-butyl, forchlorfenuron, pymetrpzine, and silthiofam in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin imported into the EU. Details of the changes are shown in table 1 within the latest SafeGuardS bulletin (

EU Control Program to Ensure Food Safety

The Commission Regulation (EU) No 400/2014 covering the years 2015 to 2017 is continuing the coordinated multiannual community program for another three-years. In order to avoid any confusion due to overlap between the two programs, the Regulation (EU) No 788/2012 (for 2013, 2014 and 2015) should be repealed. However it should continue to apply for samples taken in 2013 and 2014.

Member States shall take and analyze samples for the pesticide/product combinations and the number of samples of each product, including foods for infants and small children and products originating from organic farming.

The following topics are addressed in the amending regulations:
- The changes in Commission Regulation (EU) No. 398/2014 of 22 April 2014 are related with the MRLs for benthiavalicarb, cyazofamid, cyhalofop-butyl, forchlorfenuron pymetrozine and silthiofam for several commodities in Commission Regulation (EU) No 396/2005 on 23 February 2005, therefore these Regulations, shall apply from 13 November 2014.
- The Commission Regulation (EU) No. 400/2014 of 22 April 2014 shall enter into force on 1 January 2015.


- Commission Regulation EU 398/2014( amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005
- Commission Implementing Regulation EU 400/2014 (
- Regulation EC No 396/2005 ( on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin and amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC
- Commission Implementing Regulation EU 788/2012 (

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SGS Consumer Testing Services
Supaporn Surawattanaboon
+66 2 683 0541
R&D Chemist
SGS (Thailand) Limited
Bangkok, Thailand

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