Written Question: Pesticide residue from veterinary medicine and the new Transparency Regulation

(Source: European Parliament)

Date Submitted: 12 May 2021

Question for written answer E-002598/2021

to the Commission

Rule 138

Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE)

Subject: Pesticide residue from veterinary medicine and the new Transparency Regulation

Imidacloprid is a highly controversial neonicotinoid pesticide that was banned from outdoor use on crops in 2018 by the European Food Safety Authority due to its toxic effects on pollinators. However, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has agreed to allow imidacloprid to be used in aquatic environments as an anti‑parasitic agent and has agreed to establish a maximum residue limit (MRL) for all fin fish.

The new Transparency Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2019/1381) does not apply to pesticide residues in foodstuffs that are assessed by the EMA as a veterinary medicine. The Commission has consequently said that the EMA opinion and scientific analysis will not be made available to Parliament until after the implementing regulation has been adopted and published.

MRLs for pesticides where the risk assessment is carried out by agencies other than European Food Safety Authority – such as veterinary medicine MRLs dealt with by the EMA – are not subject to the Transparency Regulation.

What steps is the Commission taking to overcome this inconsistency?

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