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Request for the suspension of the processes and entry into force of reductions of Maximum Residue Levels (MRLS) for plant protection products in light of the covid-19 pandemic

Jun 29, 2020

Countries: Argentina, Colombia, República Dominicana, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú.

Under the current circumstances, the implementation of certain sanitary and phytosanitary measures that create additional restrictions or burdens on international trade in animals, plants or plant products constitutes a challenge that hampers worldwide economy recovery efforts, especially in developing countries. Agricultural producers, particularly the smallest, and MSMEs would be greatly affected by new measures and more restrictive requirements for exports, such as the reduction of Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for plant protection products.

In light of this, and given that the EU is the largest common market in the world and the largest importer of fruits and vegetables, we request that, for a period of 12 months, it suspend all review processes currently underway for MRLs, as well as the entry into force of the all MRL reductions planned for 2020.

Check the full text of the documents (in English), click on the  Link

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