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FSANZ call on changes to maximum residue limits

29-Jul-2013

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has invited submissions on changes to some Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for agricultural and veterinary chemicals present in food.

FSANZ said the proposal includes MRLs for fenthion, as part of its review of the chemical and MRLs requested by other parties to align the code with Codex or trading partner standards.

Steve McCutcheon, FSANZ chief executive officer, said: “The code ensures that residues of agricultural and veterinary chemicals are kept as low as possible and consistent with the approved use of chemical products to control pests and diseases.

“MRLs in the code apply to all domestic and imported food. Food with residues exceeding the relevant limit in the code can’t be legally supplied or sold in Australia.

“FSANZ’s dietary exposure assessment indicates that the limits set out in this proposal do not present any public health and safety concerns.”

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