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Maximum Residue Level for Mercury in Honey and Other Hive Products

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EU Regulation Establishes Maximum Residue Level for the First Time

On 19th January 2018, Regulation (EU) 2018/73 was published in the European Official Journal. This is the first time that a maximum residue level (MRL) for mercury (total mercury compounds) of 0.01 mg/kg has been established for honey and hive products. The MRL enters into force on 7th February 2018.

Council Directive 79/117 / EEC prohibited the placing on the market and use of plant protection products containing mercury compounds. This new regulation for MRLs for mercury is based on current monitoring data, which show positive findings above the previously stipulated maximum levels. However, the detected residues of mercury compounds are attributed to environmental contamination. A review of maximum residue levels will be carried out within 10 years of the date of publication of this Regulation on the basis of at that time updated information.

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