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The latest news and media releases from AMIA.


19.09.2023

APVMA suspends dimethoate products to protect human health

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has suspended the registration and labels of specific chemical products containing dimethoate, following reports that the maximum permitted level of pesticide residue for dimethoate had been exceeded in avocados and mangoes.

APVMA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr Melissa McEwen, said the suspension of specific dimethoate products used as a post-harvest dip for fruit with inedible peel was necessary to protect human health.

“The reports received by the APVMA indicated the maximum residue limit for omethoate, the main degradation product of dimethoate, had been exceeded in avocados and mangoes,” Dr McEwen said.

“Avocados and mangoes treated with dimethoate are still safe to eat – but the residues were above the acceptable level when used in accordance with the approved label instructions as a post-harvest dip.

“The Notice of suspension, published today in the APVMA Gazette, includes instructions for use in a deemed permit that is valid for one year. These instructions allow the continued use of dimethoate but prohibit its use specifically as a post-harvest dip on tropical and sub-tropical fruit.

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27.07.2023

APVMA likely to ban the post-harvest use of dimethoate for mangoes

In October 2022, the APVMA reduced the omethoate MRL for mango from 2ppm to 0.1ppm (Schedule 20). Omethoate occurs as a break down product within a few days after dimethoate application. This change relates to the recommendations from the APVMA’s chemical review of dimethoate in 2017 and was based on residue data available at the time showing that omethoate residues above 0.1 mg/kg should not occur when the dimethoate label instructions were followed.

However, last season, exceedances of omethoate MRLs were picked up from mangoes and other commodities. In response, Biosecurity Queensland investigated the situation and found that the dimethoate applications were done as per label directions. Furthermore, their investigation didn’t find any patterns (pH, product manufacturers, age, additives, etc) that could explain the MRL breaches. The APVMA conducted a technical assessment of the new residue information relating to the post-harvest dip use of dimethoate on mangoes and consider there to be a consumer safety risk associated with the current label use.

The APVMA’s Chemical Review team will now determine the most appropriate course of regulatory action and will be communicating with industry in the near future...

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10.07.2023

AMIA releases Mango MRL App

The Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) is pleased to announce the release of its mobile phone app to help growers manage chemical application and facilitate trade. The Mango MRLs App provides information on maximum residue limits (MRLs) and withholding periods (WHPs) for both domestic and export markets. With an easy-to-use interface, AMIA members will be able to search for the chemicals registered for use on specific target pests and diseases...

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AMIA releases Mango MRL App

19.06.2023

Mangoes to the USA - Calling for Expressions of Interest

AMIA has managed to secure funding to support two mango businesses to export mangoes to the United States of America (USA). The project will also deliver a growers/exporters guide to the USA, travel for a United States buyer to Queensland and targeted marketing activities in the USA.

Application form available here.

Closing date: 7 July 2023

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30.01.2023

AUSSIES CAN TASTE THE SUNSHINE FOR GREAT VALUE

Australians can expect to taste the sunshine with fruit hitting supermarket shelves, in abundance, across the country.

“It’s been a great year in terms of the production volume of mangoes. This means Aussies can enjoy the sweet tropical flavour of Australian Mangoes for the rest of summer, and make sure they’re making the most of this prime crop.” said Brett Kelly, CEO of Australian Mangoes.

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AUSSIES CAN TASTE THE SUNSHINE FOR GREAT VALUE

23.12.2022

Success for Australian Mangoes in Export Market Access Applications

The Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) is pleased to announce that the International Market Access Assessment Panel (IMAAP) has supported its market improvement and access applications for mango exports to the USA and India using irradiation pathways. Both applications will now enter the country-specific pool and await the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s potential prioritisation for  international trade negotiation.

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Success for Australian Mangoes in Export Market Access Applications

26.10.2022

Hort Innovation Fund Annual Reports Released

In addition to the full company annual report for the 2021/22 financial year, Hort Innovation has released individual reports for each of the 37 industries they look after.

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Hort Innovation Fund Annual Reports Released

06.10.2022

New Tools to Assist Australian Mangoes Members

The Australian Mango Industry Association has been diligently working to enhance the experience of their members through targeted and exclusive members only tools. The newest manifestation of this has been a collaboration with Cam Hogan from Dollars Making Sense and industry to create a Cost of Production spreadsheet template specifically designed for mango growers. The spreadsheet was created through extensive consultation with industry and growers.

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New Tools to Assist Australian Mangoes Members

29.09.2022

MEDIA RELEASE: Mango Season is back and it's juicier than ever!

  • Australian Mango season launches today, with prime growing conditions and strong flowering pre-season, forecasting bumper quality crops.
  • The season commences in September, with Aussies set to indulge in over 180 million delicious mangoes in the coming months.
  • The first tray of new season mangoes was sold at the 2022 Brisbane Produce Market Mango Auction, with proceeds going to charity.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Mango Season is back and it's juicier than ever!

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