European Union Announces Changes to Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) of chlorpyrifosmethyl

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The European Union (EU) finalized a decision to reduce the Maximum Residue Level (MRL) of chlorpyrifosmethyl (market name Storcide® II) essentially eliminating its use in the United States on wheat and sorghum destined for the EU. The MRL’s for chlorpyrifos-methyl on rice, barley and oats destined for the EU has remained unchanged or increased.

With this change, wheat and sorghum intended for export to the EU may not be treated with chlorpyrifos-methyl after December 5, 2018. However, wheat and sorghum treated with chlorpyrifosmethyl prior to December, 5, 2018 can continue to be imported into the EU. This decision by the EU does not affect grain treated with chlorpyrifos-methyl destined for domestic use or export to CODEX ALIMENTARIUS member countries outside the European Union.