Proposal to Amend Schedule 20 in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code

Previously, the Australian pesticide & Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) gazetted amendments which it has approved to vary maximum residue limits (MRLs) for substances contained in agricultural and veterinary chemical products as set out as in the APVMA’s MRL Standard. The APVMA is proposing to incorporate those variations (Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Instrument No. 4 (MRL Standard) Amendment Instrument 2018 (No. 6)) to MRLs into Schedule 20–Maximum residue limits in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. 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 and safety by minimising residues in foods consistent with the effective control of pests and diseases. The APVMA and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) are satisfied, based on dietary exposure assessments and current health standards, that the proposed limits are not harmful to public health. The agreement between the Australian Government and the New Zealand Government 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. FSANZ will make a Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The APVMA invites comment on these proposals. The APVMA will consider any public comments made in response to this proposal. If the APVMA decides to proceed with the proposal, it will further notify any variations it makes to Schedule 20 in the APVMA Gazette. The variations will take effect as from the date of that subsequent notice.

APVMA Gazette, 5 June 2018 ; http://www.apvma.gov.au

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