The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was requested to conduct a focused peer review in the areas of environmental fate and behaviour and ecotoxicology, and deliver its conclusions on napropamide. The conclusion is reached on the basis of the evaluation of the representative uses of napropamide as a preplanting herbicide on head cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, calabrese, tomatoes and oilseed rape. The risk of bioconcentration in fish is assessed as low. The risk to earthworms and soil non-target micro-organisms is assessed as low for the uses in northern Europe, but is not finalised for the use in southern Europe. The risk to soil functioning (organic matter breakdown) is assessed as low for northern European uses (brassicas and oilseed rape), but cannot be excluded for the higher application rates for the southern European use on tomatoes. The risk to bees, non-target arthropods and biological methods of sewage treatment is considered to be low as well.
Author: European Food Safety Authority ;Full Source: EFSA Journal [online computer file] 2010, 8(4), 1565, 73 pp. (Eng) ;