Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2016-53, Flonicamid

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Pest Management Regulatory Agency
13 October 2016
ISSN: 1925-0843 (PDF version)
Catalogue number: H113-24/2016-53E-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 low growing berries (Crop Subgroup 13-07G) to the product label of Beleaf 50SG Insecticide, containing technical grade flonicamid, is acceptable. The specific uses approved in Canada are detailed on the label of Beleaf 50SG Insecticide, Pest Control Products Act Registration Number 29796.

The evaluation of this flonicamid application indicates that the end-use product has value and the human health and environmental risks associated with the new uses are acceptable.

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 maximum residue limit (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 MRL for flonicamid is being conducted via this document (see Next Steps, the last section of this document). 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 flonicamid, is as follows.

Table 1 Proposed Maximum Residue Limit for Flonicamid
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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Flonicamid N-(cyanomethyl)-4-(trifluoromethyl)-3- pyridinecarboxamide, including the metabolites 4-trifluoromethylnicotinic acid, N-(4- trifluoromethylnicotinoyl) glycine and 4- trifluoromethylnicotinamide 1.5 Low growing berries (Crop Subgroup 13-07G)

MRLs are proposed for each commodity included in the listed crop subgroup 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 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 flonicamid in Canada is the same as corresponding American tolerances as listed in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, 40 CFR Part 180, by pesticide. Currently, there are no Codex MRLsFootnote 1 listed for flonicamid in or on any commodity in Crop Subgroup 13-07G on the Codex Alimentarius Pesticide Residues in Food and Feed webpage.

Next Steps

The PMRA invites the public to submit written comments on the proposed MRL for flonicamid 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 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 Limits

Residue data for flonicamid in/on strawberries were submitted to support the domestic use of Beleaf 50SG Insecticide on low growing berries (Crop Subgroup 13-07G).

Maximum Residue Limits

The recommendation for a maximum residue limit (MRL) for flonicamid was based upon the submitted field trial data, and the guidance provided in the OECD MRL Calculator. Table A1 summarizes the residue data used to calculate the proposed MRL for Crop Subgroup 13-07G.

Table A1 Summary of Field Trial Used to Support MRL
Commodity Application Method/ Total Application Rate (g a.i./ha)Table a1 footnote 1 Preharvest Interval (days) Lowest Average Field Trial Residues (ppm) Highest Average Field Trial Residues (ppm)

Table A1 footnotes

Table A1 footnote 1

g a.i./ha = grams of active ingredient per hectare

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Strawberry Foliar application/ 294-313 0 0.194 0.731

Following the review of all available data, the MRL as proposed in Table 1 is recommended to cover residues of flonicamid. Residues of flonicamid in these commodities 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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