Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2014-29, Pymetrozine

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Pest Management Regulatory Agency
4 June 2014
ISSN: 1925-0843 (PDF version)
Catalogue number: H113-24/2014-29E-PDF (PDF version)

Under the authority of the  Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has concluded that the addition of new uses on highbush blueberries to the product label of FULFILL® 50WG Insecticide, containing technical grade pymetrozine, is acceptable. The specific uses approved in Canada are detailed on the label of FULFILL® 50WG Insecticide, Pest Control Products Act Registration Number 27274.

The evaluation of this pymetrozine application indicated that the end-use product has merit and value, and the human health and environmental risks associated with the new uses are acceptable. Details regarding the registration can be found in the corresponding Evaluation Report available in the Pesticides and Pest Management section of Health Canada’s website, under Public Registry, Pesticide Product Information Database.Footnote 1

Before registering a pesticide for food use in Canada, the PMRA must determine the quantity of residues that are likely to remain in or on the food when the pesticide is used according to label directions and that such residues will not be a concern to human health. This quantity is then legally established as a MRL An MRL applies to the identified raw agricultural food commodity as well as to any processed food product that contains it, except where separate MRLs are specified for the raw agricultural commodity and a processed product made from it.

Consultation on the proposed MRLs for pymetrozine is being conducted via this document (see Next Steps, the last section of this document).

To comply with Canada’s international trade obligations, consultation on the proposed MRLs is also being conducted internationally by notifying the  World Trade Organization, as coordinated by the  Standards Council of Canada.

The proposed MRLs, to be added to the MRLs already established for pymetrozine, are as follows.

Table 1 Proposed Maximum Residue Limits for Pymetrozine
Common Name Residue Definition MRL (ppm)Table 1 footnote 1 Food Commodity

Table 1 footnotes

Table 1 footnote 1

ppm = parts per million

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Pymetrozine 4,5-dihydro-6-methyl-4-[(3-pyridinylmethylene)amino]-1,2,4-triazin-3(2H)-one 0.02 Bushberry Subgroup (Crop Subgroup 13-07B)

MRLs are proposed for each commodity included in the listed crop groupings in accordance with the Residue Chemistry Crop Groups webpage in the Pesticides and Pest Management section of Health Canada’s website.

MRLs established in Canada may be found using the Maximum Residue Limit Database on the Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides webpage. The database allows users to search for pesticides(s) or for food commodity(ies).

International Situation and Trade Implications

Currently, there are no Codex MRLsFootnote 2 listed for pymetrozine, and there are no corresponding American tolerances for any bushberry commodity. American tolerances are listed in the  Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, 40 CFR Part 180, by pesticide. A listing of established Codex MRLs is available on the Codex Alimentarius  Pesticide Residues in Food website, by pesticide or commodity.

Next Steps

The PMRA invites the public to submit written comments on the proposed MRL for pymetrozine up to 75 days from the date of publication of this document. Please forward your comments to Publications. The PMRA will consider all comments received before making a final decision on the proposed MRLs. Comments received will be addressed in a separate document linked to this Proposed Maximum Residue Limits (PMRL). The established MRLs will be legally in effect as of the date that they are entered into the Maximum Residue Limit Database.

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