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Maximum residue levels
Harmonised provisions relating to maximum levels of pesticide residues in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin are established by Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 on maximum residue levels of pesticides.54 This is done in accordance with the general EU principles on food safety.55
The Regulation applies to the products covered by Annex I when they are to be used as food or feed in or on which pesticide residues may be present. There is also a procedure for defining active substances of plant protection products for which no maximum residue levels are required. The Regulation is based on Treaty provisions
relating to the common agricultural policy and public health and is focused on health protection rather than broader environmental considerations.
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