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Position paper on EU Maximum Residue Level and Import Tolerance Policies

  1. The EU regulatory framework needs to be predictable: Political considerations should be informed by independent expert risk assessment and respect particularly the role of scientific evidence in decision making. Trust in the rigor and independence of the EU system needs to be enhanced.
  2. EU farmers need access to crop protection tools and EU trade partners need confidence in our system: Blocking the setting of such trade standards, when no concerns have been identified by the risk assessors, limits the access of EU farmers to crop protection tools and erodes trade partner confidence in the objectivity and predictability of the EU risk assessment system.
  3. MRLs are trading standards and are required to avoid trade disruptions: The impacts on European consumers, farmers and the food industry that arise from blocking certain MRLs or ITs can be significant. Trade disruption is not in the interest of EU citizens, businesses, or our trade partners. Such disruptions can have long-lasting negative consequences for food availability and development.