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MRL confusion in New Zealand

Confusion among New Zealand growers over whether bok choi is a brassica or a leafy vegetable resulted in more than 40% of samples tested having illegal pesticide levels in the latest annual monitoring programme. The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) classes bok choi as a leafy vegetable for regulatory purposes even though it is a brassica in botanical terms. “This understandable confusion has led to fairly widespread non-compliance,” says the NZFSA’s principal adviser for chemicals, Paul Dansted.

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