Call for submissions on changes to maximum residue limits

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) recently invited submissions on proposed changes to maximum residue limits (MRLs) in the Food Standards Code. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said FSANZ periodically reassessed MRLs for agricultural or veterinary chemicals that may be present in food. “This is a routine process, both to allow the sale of food with legitimate residues and to remove limits that are no longer required,” Mr McCutcheon said. “This Proposal includes consideration of MRLs gazetted by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for carbendazim and dimethoate. In addition, it considers MRLs requested by other parties, to align the Code with Codex (the body that develops international standards) or trading partner standards. “FSANZ’s dietary exposure assessments indicate the limits set out in this Proposal do not present any public health and safety concerns.” The closing date for submissions is 13 August 2012. Further information on the proposal is available at: Proposal M1008 – Maximum Reside Limits (2012)

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