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New maximum residue level for imidacloprid in fish introduced

Published under Regulation (EU) No 37/2010

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On April 15, 2021, the European Commission adopted the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/621 amending Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 as regards the classification of the substance imidacloprid with regard to the maximum residue limit in food of animal origin. This implementing regulation establishes a maximum residue limit of 600 µg/kg imidacloprid for fish. Imidacloprid is primarily known as a pesticide active ingredient. The active ingredient belongs to the systemic insecticides, especially to the group of neonicotinoids. However, it is not only used as a pesticide for plants, but also, for example, to control fleas in cats and dogs. The use of imidacloprid to control salmon lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is not as well known.

Due to the use of imidacloprid in salmon farming, Benchmark Animal Health Norway AS submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency on April 23, 2019, to establish a maximum residue limit in salmonids. The European Medicines Agency considered that MRLs established on salmonids could also be extrapolated to all fish and therefore recommended to the European Commission the now adopted MRL of 600 µg/kg imidacloprid in fish.

We are available as a provider for the analysis of imidacloprid carriers. Using established LC-MS-MS methods, we can offer you imidacloprid as a single active ingredient or in a combination package for pesticides. Our limit of determination for Imidacloprid is 0.01mg/kg. Please contact our team for further inquiries and an offer according to your needs. 

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