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Proposals to amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice

Have your say

New Zealand Food Safety would like your feedback on 10 proposals for the following changes to the New Zealand Food Notice: Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds, which include:

  • 3 new entries for maximum residue levels in Schedule 1 (altrenogest, isofetamid, and oleandomycin)
  • 4 entries for maximum residue levels in Schedule 1 to be amended (abamectin, nitroxynil, maldison/malathion, sulfoxaflor)
  • 2 entries for maximum residue levels in Schedule 1 to be removed (azocyclotin and kanamycin)
  • 1 amendment to an entry for an agricultural chemical for which no maximum residue level applies in Schedule 2 (phosphorous acid).

Submissions close at 5pm on 12 August 2022.

Consultation document

Proposals to amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice [PDF, 844 KB]

Related document

NZL 687 - SPS notification – Proposals to Amend the Maximum Residue Levels [PDF, 196 KB]

Making a submission

Send us your feedback by 5pm on 12 August 2022.

Email your submission to MaximumResidueLevels@mpi.govt.nz

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

What to include

For each compound for which a comment is made, answer the following questions:

  • Do you agree or disagree with the proposed addition, amendment, or deletion?
  • For compounds listed in Schedule 1, do you agree or disagree with the proposed MRL(s)?
  • For compounds listed in Schedules 2 or 3, do you agree or disagree with the listing or the conditions?

Make sure you 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
  • the answers to the questions posed above for each compound you are commenting on. 

Background Information about 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 are set and existing MRLs are adjusted as needed to ensure that residue levels remain as low as practicable without compromising the ability for the chemical to successfully do what is intended.  Entries are also set and amended for compounds that do not require MRLs to manage residues in food.

The entries in the notice for MRLs and compounds for which MRLs do not apply are established for agricultural compounds to support Good Agricultural Practice in New Zealand while ensure risks associated with food safety are effectively managed. MRLs may also be proposed to support the importation of food into New Zealand.

Submissions are public information

Note that your submission is public information. Submissions may be the subject of requests for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA specifies that information is to be made available to requesters unless there are sufficient grounds for withholding it, as set out in the OIA.

Submitters may wish to indicate grounds for withholding specific information contained in their submission, such as information being commercially sensitive or they wish personal information to be withheld. MPI will take such indications into account when determining whether or not to release the information. Any decision to withhold information requested under the OIA is reviewable by the Ombudsman.