New proposed maximum residue limits for inadvertent residues

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) have developed an approach to assess maximum residue limits (MRLs) for agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals applied to food commodities listed in Schedule 20 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code where no existing MRLs are established.

The proposal put forward by the APVMA and FSANZ provides a mechanism to establish low-level maximum residue limits in the Food Standards Code (FSC) that will allow the sale of foods containing inadvertent residues occurring at low levels, even when good agricultural practice is followed.

In cooperation with FSANZ, the APVMA will establish MRLs in the FSC as and when changes are made to MRLs for the active constituent more broadly. The first proposal to vary the FSC includes MRLs for flonicamid, imazamox, pirimicarb, propiconazole, pyriproxifen and spirotetramat and is available for consultation now.