STC Number - 95

Legislation on the fungicide thiabendazole (TBZ)

Maintained by: European Union
Raised by: Israel
Supported by:
First date raised: July 2001 G/SPS/R/22, paras. 128-129
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 2009 Fruit juices (including grape must) and vegetable juices, unfermented and not containing added spirit, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter.
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Food safety; Human health; International Standards / Harmonization
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Israel was concerned that legislation being considered by the European Parliament would ban fungicide residues in fruit juices, although they were considered safe according to Codex standards. Israel saw no scientific justification for banning the use of these fungicides, and believed this would create unnecessary trade barriers. Israel had raised both with the European Communities and with Germany a problem regarding German law which restricted residues of TBZ and Imazalil in citrus juices to such low levels that in effect this constituted a ban. Israel requested a clarification regarding the EC position on the European Parliament initiative. The European Communities explained that the European Parliament could introduce amendments to Commission proposals, and that Israel would be kept informed of the situation.