The information bulletins available below provide a list of maximum residue limits (MRLs) for chemicals registered1 for use in Australia on apples and pears. The MRLs for Australia were established by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and a number of countries to which Australian apples and pears are exported.
The main purpose of this bulletin is to inform growers, packers and marketers of the export requirements in regards to pesticide residues. The critical element of this information is that Australian MRLS do not apply to other countries and even though a chemical may be registered in Australia, it may not be the case in that overseas country.
If an MRL is 'not set', generally a zero tolerance applies (refer to end of table for full details). Organisations marketing to overseas countries should be aware that the information provided below represents the official standards, but not necessarily the marketing requirements. Marketers should refer to the contractual arrangements concerning agreed residue limits.
|MRL Table - Updated April 2013 (pdf 210KB)|
|Guide to Achieving Apple Export MRLs - Updated July 2012 (pdf 96K)|
|Guide to Achieving Pear Export MRLs - Updated July 2012 (pdf 84K)|
1 The registration status of the chemicals listed may vary for each commodity and in each State. Prior to using any chemical, consult the label and/or regulatory authority in your State. The persistent organochlorines (DDT, dieldrin and lindane) are not registered for use.
Disclaimer: The information provided in the table is provided as at this date by AFFA and so far as the Department is aware the information in the table is correct. However, this information is supplied by AFFA without responsibility for all the information in the table and neither the Commonwealth of Australia nor any servant, employee or agent of the Commonwealth of Australia will be liable for any loss or damages howsoever occurring by any reason of any information in the above table being incorrect in any respect as at this date and the receipt of the same, does thereby release the Commonwealth of Australia, its servants, employees and agents from any claim that the recipient might have against the Commonwealth or against any servant, employee or agent by reason of any information in the above table being incorrect in any respect.