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Call for submissions on changes to maximum residue limits

Date: 5/12/2019

​(Australia only)

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on a proposal to change maximum residue limits (MRLs) for some agricultural and veterinary chemicals.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said that some of the proposed changes would align limits in the Food Standards Code with overseas limits, while others have been proposed by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.

“MRLs are determined based on how much of a chemical is needed to control pests and/or diseases and are set well below the level that could pose health and safety risks to consumers", Mr Booth said.

“FSANZ has assessed the proposal and concluded there are no public health and safety concerns relating to the changes."

All FSANZ decisions on standards are notified to ministers responsible for food regulation. Ministers can decide to adopt, amend, or reject standards or they can ask for a review.

The closing date for submissions for M1017 is 6pm Canberra time 24 January 2020.

More information

Read the call for submissions report for M1017

What are MRLs and how are they set?

How to make a submission

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