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Proposals to amend the Food Notice on maximum residue levels for agricultural compounds

Have your say

New Zealand Food Safety is inviting public comment on proposed changes proposed to the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice.

The proposed changes are:

  • an amendment to an existing entry in Schedule 2, for exemptions from compliance with a maximum residue level (MRL) for agricultural chemicals
  • a new entry in Schedule 3, for exemptions from compliance with a MRL for veterinary medicines.

Questions to answer about the proposals

For the proposed exemptions, your submission should answer these questions::

  • On balance, do you oppose any of the details of the exemption as proposed (substance or condition of exemption)?
  • Do you oppose an exemption being set at all for this compound and/or its condition of exemption? If so, why do you oppose it?

Submissions close at 5pm on 16 June 2020.

Find out about MRLs and how they are set

Consultation document

Proposals to amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice [PDF, 123 KB]

Related document

WTO NZL 623 notification [PDF, 741 KB]

Making a submission

Email your feedback on the consultation document by 5pm on 16 June 2020 to

Include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title (if applicable)
  • your organisation's name (if applicable)
  • your address
  • your answers to the questions listed under 'Have your say'

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

MRL Amendments
New Zealand Food Safety
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

An explanation of MRLs

Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) are the maximum legal levels for residues of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines in food for sale in New Zealand. As new products and uses are registered, new MRLs and MRL exemptions are set and existing MRLs and MRL exemptions are adjusted as needed. This ensures that residue levels remain as low as practicable without compromising the ability for the chemical to successfully do what is intended.

MRLs and MRL exemptions are established for agricultural compounds to support Good Agricultural Practice in New Zealand while ensuring risks associated with food safety are effectively managed.

MRLs may also be proposed to support the importation of food to New Zealand.

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision Fisheries New Zealand makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.