New maximum levels for chlorate from 28 June 2020

With the publication of Regulation (EU) 2020/749 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 new maximum residue levels of chlorate in or on certain products have been set.

Important for producers and traders of food or feed is that these new MRLs and regulations (including footnote (A)) for chlorate will apply without restriction, and without a transitional period, as early as 28 June 2020.

Depending on the type of goods, MRLs were set in the Annex to Regulation (EU) 2020/749. No additional chlorate entries can be considered for the types of goods listed here. For fruit and vegetables, the product group includes both fresh and frozen goods. Additional chlorate entries may be claimed for processed products covered by the arrangements provided for in Article 20 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005. In accordance with footnote (A) for chlorate, the burden of proof for these additional chlorate entries is with the particular food or feed business.

In future, therefore, legal regulations and official recommendations, e.g. on drinking water, as well as compliance with good manufacturing practice combined with good hygiene practice are likely to play a role in the assessment of additional entries.

Please find more information on chlorate in food here.

WESSLING supports you in ensuring the safety and quality of your food and feed. To this end, our experts analyse the affected foodstuffs for chlorate residues and check compliance with the legal requirements/maximum levels of the EU Regulation (EC) No. 396/2005.

Resiudues of chlorat in food - your contact person

Johanna Paetz