Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2021-01, Difenoconazole

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Pest Management Regulatory Agency
9 February 2021
ISSN: 1925-0843 (PDF version)
Catalogue number: H113-24/2021-1E-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 commodities to the product label of A20259 Fungicide, containing pydiflumetofen and difenoconazole, is acceptable. The specific uses approved in Canada are detailed on the label of A20259 Fungicide, Pest Control Products Act Registration Number 33020. Consultation on the maximum residue limits (MRLs) for pydiflumetofen is being conducted under a separate action.

The evaluation of this difenoconazole application indicated 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 MRLs for difenoconazole is being conducted via this document (see Next steps). A summary of the field trial data used to support the proposed MRLs can be found in Appendix I.

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 Canada's Notification Authority and Enquiry Point.

The proposed MRLs, to replace or be added to the MRLs already established for difenoconazole, are as follows.

Table 1 Proposed maximum residue limits for difenoconazole
Common name Residue definition MRL
(ppm)Table 1 Footnote 1
Food commodity
Difenoconazole 1-[[2-[2-chloro-4-(4-chlorophenoxy)phenyl]-4-methyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-yl]methyl]-1H-1,2,4-triazole 8.0 Garden beet tops, radish tops
0.6 Root vegetable (crop subgroup 1A)Table 1 Footnote 2

MRLs are proposed for each commodity included in the listed crop groupings in accordance with the Residue Chemistry Crop Groups webpage in the Pesticides section of the 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

MRLs may vary from one country to another for a number of reasons, including differences in pesticide use patterns and the locations of the crop field trials used to generate residue chemistry data.

Table 2 compares the MRLs proposed for difenoconazole in Canada with corresponding American tolerances and Codex MRLs.Footnote 1 American tolerances are listed inthe Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, 40 CFR Part 180, by pesticide. A listing of established Codex MRLs is available on the Codex Alimentarius Pesticide Index webpage, by pesticide or commodity.

Table 2 Comparison of Canadian MRLs, American tolerances and codex MRLs (where different)
Food commodity Canadian MRL
American Tolerance
Codex MRL
Root vegetable (Crop subgroup 1A) 0.6 0.6
(Vegetable, root, subgroup 1A, except ginseng)
0.2 (sugar beet)
0.2 (carrot)
Radish tops 8.0 8.0
(Vegetable, leaves of root and tuber, group 2)
Not established
Garden beet tops 8.0 Not established

Next steps

The PMRA invites the public to submit written comments on the proposed MRLs for difenoconazole 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 PMRL. The established MRLs will be legally in effect as of the date that they are 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 difenoconazole on radish (roots and tops) were submitted to support the domestic use of A20259 Fungicide on root vegetables (crop subgroup 1A). Previously reviewed residue data from field trials conducted in/on sugar beets and carrots and a processing study conducted on sugar beet roots were re-assessed in the framework of this petition.

Maximum residue limits

The recommendation for maximum residue limits (MRLs) for difenoconazole 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 MRLs.

Table A1 Summary of field trial and processing data used to support the MRLs
Commodity Application method/ Total application rate
(g a.i./ha)Table 3 Footnote 1
Preharvest interval
Lowest average field trial residues
Highest average field trial residues
Experimental processing factor
Radish roots Foliar broadcast/
7 0.025 0.287 Not required
Radish tops Foliar broadcast/
7 0.236 3.830 Not required
Carrot roots Foliar broadcast/ 528 7 <0.01 0.181 Not required
Sugar beet roots Foliar broadcast/
7 <0.01 0.23 Refined sugar: 0.3×
Molasses: 0.5×
Sugar beet topsTable 3 Footnote 2 Foliar broadcast/
7 0.150
5.2 Not required

Following the review of all available data, MRLs as proposed in Table 1 are recommended to cover residues of difenoconazole. Residues of difenoconazole in these crop commodities at the proposed MRLs will not pose an unacceptable risk to any segment of the population, including infants, children, adults and seniors.

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