Variations to Schedule 20 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code

The Australian Pesticide & Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) has previously gazetted particular amendments which it had made to the APVMA MRL Standard and which have been proposed as variations to maximum residue limits (MRLs) for substances contained in agricultural and veterinary chemical products as set out as in Standard 1.4.2–Maximum Residue Limits of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. This notice pertains the Standard 1.4.2 Maximum Residue Limits of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code Instrument gazetted on 12 January 2016 and proposal (No. 10) gazetted on 3 November 2015 (No. APVMA 22). Submissions have been sought on these proposals and the APVMA has written separately to each person or organisation that made a submission. All matters raised in the submissions have been resolved. On 1 March 2016, Schedule 20–Maximum residue limits commences. This replaces Schedule 1 of Standard 1.4.2. Under subsection 82(1) of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991, the APVMA has, by legislative instrument, incorporated these variations to MRLs into Schedule 20. Based on dietary exposure assessments and current health standards, the APVMA and FSANZ are satisfied that these MRLs are not harmful to public health. MRLs contained in Schedule 20 provide the limits for residues of agricultural and veterinary chemicals that may legitimately occur in foods. By this means, Schedule 20 permits the sale of treated foods and protects public health by minimising residues in foods consistent with the effective control of pests and diseases. The Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand concerning a Joint Food Standards System, excludes MRLs for agricultural and veterinary chemicals in food from the system setting joint food standards. Australia and New Zealand independently and separately develop MRLs for agricultural and veterinary chemicals in food. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) made Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in relation to these variations and no comment was received in response to that notice. A copy of these variations have been given to FSANZ. The variations take effect as from the date of this notice and immediately after the Food Standards (Proposal M1013?Schedule 20–MRLs—Consequentials & Corrective Amendments) Variation takes effect. A copy of the Amendment Instrument (No. APVMA 1, 2016) is available at: http://apvma.gov.au/sites/default/files/special_gazette_01032016.pdf

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