Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Maximum residue limits being set

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) wants submissions on proposed changes to some Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for agricultural and veterinary chemicals that might be present in food.

FSANZ chief executive Steve McCutcheon said the proposal includes consideration of MRLs gazetted by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in November 2012 for fenthion, as part of its review of the chemical.

“The code ensures that residues of agricultural and veterinary chemicals are kept as low as possible and consistent with the approved use of chemical products to control pests and diseases,” McCutcheon said.

“MRLs in the code apply to all domestic and imported food. Food with residues exceeding the relevant limit in the code can’t be legally supplied or sold.

“FSANZ’s dietary exposure assessment indicates that the limits set out in this proposal do not present any public health and safety concerns.

“Comments are welcome from government agencies, public health professionals, industry and the community.”

The closing date for submissions is August 23.


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Proposal M1009 – Maximum Residue Limits

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