STC Number - 201

Standards and specifications for food additives (boscalid)

Maintained by: Japan
Raised by: China
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2004 G/SPS/R/35, paras. 70-71
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/JPN/121
Products covered: 21 Miscellaneous edible preparations; 2106 Food preparations not elsewhere specified or included.
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Food safety; Human health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

China raised concerns over Japan's notification G/SPS/N/JPN/121 on proposed MRLs for the fungicide boscalid. The products affected by the proposed MRL included products of animal origin although the use of boscalid was applicable to only a few products such as soybean and fruits. Furthermore, MRLs for boscalid varied for different products, e.g., the MRL for strawberries was 15 ppm while the MRL for other products was 3.5 ppm. Japan was requested to explain these differences in MRLs and to provide scientific evidence to justify the establishment of MRLs for boscalid.
Japan stated that its measures were based, in part, on the standards adopted by the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for boscalid, including the products that were affected by the MRL. As boscalid was a newly registered agricultural chemical in Japan, MRLs needed to be established to ensure food safety. Domestic data was also taken into account in establishing the MRL and this explained why there were some differences in the MRLs between Japan and the United States.