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FSSAI issues direction operationalising MRL of pesticides in tea
Thursday, 18 May, 2023, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi  
The FSSAI has issued a direction for the operationalisation of the maximum residue level (MRL) of pesticides used in tea.

These pesticides include Emamectin Benzoate, Fenpyroximate, Hexaconazole, Propiconazole and Quinalphos. 

According to the FSSAI, these pesticides are used widely in tea plantations for the purpose of crop protection. 

The food authority has issued a notice saying that the Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) mg/kg for Emamectin Benzoate is 0.06, 6.0 for Fenpyroximate, 5.0 for Hexaconazole, 6.0 for Propiconazole and 0.7 for Quinalphos. 

The notice added that FSSAI has notified the draft FSS (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Amendment Regulations, 2020, on August 20, 2020, relating to the revision of MRL of pesticides used in tea along with other crops and commodities. 

“The draft amendment regulations are in the process of inter-ministerial consultations, thus, the finalisation of these amendment regulations is likely to take some time,” reads the notice issued by FSSAI. 

The FSSAI added that based on representation received and considering the fact that five pesticides namely, Emamectin Benzoate, Fenpyroximate, Hexaconazole, Propiconazole and Quinalphos are widely used for crop protection in tea plantations and that the MRL of these pesticides have been revised upwards on the basis of data through draft notification dated August 20, 2020, it has been decided to operationalise the MRL of these five pesticides for tea, with immediate effect.
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