On 04.06.2020, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2020/749 amending Annex III of Regulation (EC) No. 396/2005. According to this regulation, new maximum residue levels for chlorate and perchlorate in foodstuffs will apply from 28.06.2020, without any transitional arrangements. International laboratory group bilacon will assist the fruit and vegetable industry bilacon in complying with the new maximum levels.
In the annex of the regulation (EU) 2020/749 the binding maximum residue levels for the individual product groups are defined. For example, the following maximum residue levels apply:
- citrus fruit, pome fruit, stone fruit: 0.05 mg/kg chlorate
- nuts: 0,1 mg/kg chlorate
- garlic, cultivated and wild mushrooms: 0,7 mg/kg chlorate
- pulses: 0,35 mg/kg chlorate
- spices: 0,07 mg/kg chlorate
In addition, on 20 May 2020 the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2020/685 amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels for perchlorate in foodstuffs, which came into force on 1 July 2020. The transitional regulation applies that food which is put into circulation before 01.07.2020 may be sold until its best-before or consumption date. A maximum residue level of 0.05 mg/kg perchlorate applies to fruit and vegetables.
bilacon has been a member of the globally active Tentamus Group since 2011. In the picture: The international representation of the company at this year's Fruit Logistica.
bilacon supports all stages of the value chain in complying with the new maximum levels for chlorate and perchlorate. "The aim is to ensure that the products can continue to be marketed safely in compliance with the new regulations. Using the LC-MS/MS method, we are able to provide our customers with fast and reliable analytical results. The very sensitive LC-MS/MS method (liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry) is a modern analytical method for the identification of trace substances in food, e.g. mycotoxins, veterinary drugs or pesticide residues. With competence centres for polar pesticides in Rotterdam and Berlin, bilacon can also react flexibly to the needs of the industry," the management explains.