Pesticide MRL management: Transfer factor for derived products
The EU harmonisation of the pesticides MRLs within Regulation 396/2005 (Reg. 396/2005 Reg 396_2005 MRL food and feed)has led to specific MRLs being set on raw materials (oilseeds and oil fruit), but not on processed products. A processing factor has to be used to define the MRL of the processed products such as vegetable oils and fats and meals. Today, there are different approaches to the application and calculation of this processing factor in the various EU countries.
FEDIOL is striving to have the transfer factor approach recognised for vegetable oils and fats and be legally set in the legislation (Annex VI of Reg. 396/2005 under development) in order to ensure a harmonized enforcement of MRL exceedences in the various EU Member Sates.
A research project will be run shortly to substantiate the transfer factors to be applied to vegetable oils and fats. In the absence of legally set transfer factors, the oil sector has developed and used since 2007 an approach already recognised in several Member States (FEDIOL position on pesticide MRLs in crude oils).
The FEDIOL database, completing the existing EU database, provides Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) in oilseeds and vegetable oils and fats used for food and feed as set in Codex Alimentarius, Argentina and Brazil.
Pesticide storage management
While we strongly advocate for a proper storage management, as it is one of the ways to guarantee the safety and quality of oilseeds, the lack of residue tolerances for the use of post harvest and storage treatments on oilseeds can lead to incidental MRL exceedances. Indeed, cross-contamination from treated cereals to oilseed may happen during storage.
FEDIOL is commited to solving this problem by raising awareness along the supply chain and with storage managers across the EU.