STC Number - 94

EC Directive 2000/42/EC on pesticide residues

Maintained by: European Union
Raised by: Côte d'Ivoire
Supported by:
First date raised: July 2001 G/SPS/R/22, paras. 136-137
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers; 08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Food safety; Human health; International Standards / Harmonization; Risk assessment; Special and differential treatment; Technical assistance
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Côte d'Ivoire expressed concern regarding new EC maximum residue levels (MRLs) for pesticides in fruits and vegetables, which would affect Côte d'Ivoire's exports of pineapples, mangoes, papayas, cashew nuts, passion fruits and green beans. Small farmers in Côte d'Ivoire would be affected. The MRLs did not seem to be consistent, or to be based on a pertinent risk assessment, for example in the case of Ethephon. Technical questions posed in April 2001 through different channels had remained without answer. Although technical assistance for pineapple production was planned, it had not been carried out before the entry into force of the EC directive. Côte d'Ivoire requested waivers from the EC directive. Once the planned technical assistance had been carried out, adequate MRLs could be set with the collaboration of Codex. The European Communities recalled that one year ago the Committee had been informed of an EC decision to delay for one year the application of a series of MRLs for ACP countries. The year had now passed, and the directive was being implemented. Special and differential treatment had not solved the problem. For discontinued substances, the MRLs were set at detection levels; this was international practice. The European Communities would consider Côte d'Ivoire's request.