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Australian Pesticide residue limits process updated

The Council of Australian Governments Ministerial Taskforce on chemicals and plastics regulation has amended the process of setting maximum residue limits (MRLs) for domestically grown produce. Under the new arrangements, which took effect March 1, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) can vary MRLs in Schedule 1 of Standard 1.4.2 in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, while Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) retains responsibility for dietary exposure assessments. It is hoped the delay between APVMA approval of a chemical product for use and the inclusion of appropriate MRLs in the Food Standards Code will be significantly reduced as a result. FSANZ retains the capacity to vary Standard 1.4.2. Similarly, the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council will retain its oversight of the Food Standards Code as a whole and may request a review of any standard in the code, including MRLs.

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