Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2016-64, Chlorothalonil

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Pest Management Regulatory Agency
15 November 2016
ISSN: 1925-0843 (PDF version)
Catalogue number: H113-24/2016-64E-PDF (PDF version)

Under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is proposing to establish a maximum residue limit (MRL) for chlorothalonil on edible-podded snow peas to permit the import and sale of foods containing such residues.

Chlorothalonil is a fungicide currently registered in Canada for use on various commodities.
The PMRA must determine the quantity of residues that are likely to remain in or on the imported food commodities when chlorothalonil is used according to label directions in the exporting country, and that such residues will not be a concern to human health. This quantity is then legally established as an MRL on the corresponding imported commodity. 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 MRL for chlorothalonil is being conducted via this document (see Next Steps). A summary of the field trial data used to support the proposed MRL can be found in Appendix I.

To comply with Canada’s international trade obligations, consultation on the proposed MRL is also being conducted internationally by notifying the World Trade Organization, as coordinated by Canada’s Notification Authority and Enquiry Point.

The proposed MRL, to be added to the MRLs already established for chlorothalonil, is as follows.

Table 1 Proposed Maximum Residue Limit for Chlorothalonil
Common Name Residue Definition MRL (ppm)Table 1 footnote 1 Food Commodity
Chlorothalonil 2,4,5,6-tetrachloro-1,3-benzenedicarbonitrile including the metabolite 4-hydroxy-2,5,6-trichloro-1,3-benzenedicarbonitrile 5.0 Edible-podded snow peas
Table 1 footnote 1

ppm = parts per million

Return to table 1 footnote 1 referrer

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 established MRLs, regulated under the Pest Control Products Act, both for pesticides or for food commodities.

International Situation and Trade Implications

The MRL proposed for chlorothalonil in Canada is the same as the corresponding American tolerance and Codex MRL.Footnote 1American 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 and Feed website, by pesticide or commodity.

Next Steps

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

Appendix I

Summary of Field Trial Data Used to Support the Proposed Maximum Residue Limit

Residue data for chlorothalonil in snap beans were submitted to support the maximum residue limit on imported edible-podded snow peas.

Maximum Residue Limits

The recommendation for a maximum residue limit (MRL) for chlorothalonil was based upon the residues observed in crop commodities treated at exaggerated rates in the exporting country. Table A1 summarizes the residue data used to calculate the proposed MRL for imported edible-podded snow peas.

Table A1 Summary of Field Trial and Processing Data Used to Support MRLs
Commodity Application Method/ Total Application Rate
(kg a.i./ha)Table A1 footnote 1
Preharvest Interval (days) Lowest Average Field Trial Residues (ppm) Highest Average Field Trial Residues (ppm) Experimental Processing Factor
Snap beans Broadcast spray/
7.41-7.44
7 0.43 3.04 None
Table A1 footnote 1

kg a.i./ha = kilograms of active ingredient per hectare

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Following the review of all available data, the MRL as proposed in Table 1 is recommended to cover residues of chlorothalonil. Residues of chlorothalonil in this imported crop commodity at the proposed MRL will not pose an unacceptable risk to any segment of the population, including infants, children, adults and seniors.

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