Chemical Updates - Fludioxonil and Ethephon


Following the Conference for Promotion of Food Import Facilitation (Food Safety Group Conference) held at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the MHLW (a cabinet level ministry of the Japanese government) advised that they have decided to permit the use of Fludioxonil as a food additive (including as a post-harvest fungicide) on mangoes. 

As a result, the maximum residue limit (MRL) for Fludioxonil (on mangoes sent to Japan) will be revised from the current uniform standard of 0.01 parts per million (ppm) to 5ppm.

This change is scheduled to occur by the end of 2018. We will keep you updated on implementation of this change and any progress on ongoing work regarding market access improvements for mangoes to Japan.


The following permit has been issued by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA):

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A copy of the permit can be found here. Please note some application rates were inadvertently omitted from this update. This is being reviewed and any further updates will be communicated in our monthly newsletter The Slice.

*Please note that PER84963 will replace the existing permit—PER14970 which will be surrendered. 

All efforts have been made to provide the most current, complete and accurate information on these permits, however we recommend that you confirm the details of these permits at the following APVMA website:

Hort Innovation have also advised that a Non-Performance Reporting Form for Horticultural Pesticides* should be completed when an adverse experience occurs as a result of using the permit. To request a copy of this form please email (please also return this form to the same contact):

If you require any ‘non-performance’ information to be provided to the APVMA, please complete their Adverse Experience Report Form. This can be found at

*A ‘non-performance’ is an unintended or unexpected effect on plants, plant products, animals, human beings or the environment, including injury, sensitivity reactions or lack of efficacy associated with the use of an agricultural chemical product(s) when used according to label (or permit) directions.

Users are advised that while the pesticide can be applied legally under the APVMA minor use permit, there can be a significant delay until the MRL gazetted by the APVMA is adopted in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Until this occurs the MRL may not be recognised and a zero tolerance may be imposed for residues of the pesticide resulting from its use according to the APVMA permit. 

Please be aware that in the absence of an MRL in the Food Standards Code, the use of the pesticide according to the permit may result in the suspension of the produce in the marketplace. Please check the FSANZ website or the Australian Government ComLaw website: to confirm if there are MRLs established by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.