Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today released its annual call for comment on proposed changes to Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for nominated agricultural and veterinary chemicals in food.
Interim FSANZ CEO Dr Sandra Cuthbert said FSANZ is considering requests to amend the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) to align 166 chemicals with limits set by the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Authority, Codex Alimentarius Commission and other international food standards agencies.
“This annual harmonisation also includes amendments requested by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to align with revised chemical uses in Australia," Dr Cuthbert said.
MRLs can only be changed if there is no public health and safety concerns.
“Our dietary assessment of the requested changes found no health and safety concerns in changing the MRLs for the designated chemicals," Dr Cuthbert said.
“The proposed amendments will reduce trade barriers and support Australian food imports while keeping Australian consumers safe."
MRLs are the highest amount of an agricultural or veterinary chemical residue that is allowed to remain in or on a food sold in Australia.
These limits are based on how much of a chemical is needed to control pests and/or diseases and are set well below the acceptable levels to protect public health and safety.
FSANZ invites comments from interested parties on the proposed amendments by FSANZ invites comments from interested parties on the proposed amendments by:
Australia 6pm (Canberra time) 27 April 2022
Outside Australia 6pm (Canberra time) 18 May 2022
For more information on the proposal and how you can have your say see our call for comment page.
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