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Consultation on basic substance application for vinegar

1 September 2017

The European Food Safety Authority has provided a scientific view on the Commission’s evaluation of the application to extend the use of vinegar as a basic substance in relation to use in plant protection as a herbicide. Vinegar is approved and used as basic substance as a fungicide and bactericide.

The active substance of vinegar, acetic acid, was already approved as a herbicide in pome fruit and stone fruit. The EFSA report considers concerns raised about inhalation exposure in comparison with the agreed Acceptable Operator Exposure Concentration (AOEC). EFSA also comments that in view of the requested use patterns and provided the active substance is food grade vinegar, an assessment of residues is not considered relevant.

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