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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 is proposing these changes to the Food Notice: Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds:

  • 5 amended entries for maximum residue levels in Schedule 1
  • 4 new entries for maximum residue levels in Schedule 1.

We welcome your feedback about the proposed changes. Submissions close at 5pm on 24 May 2024.

Consultation document

Proposals to amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice [PDF, 759 KB]

Related document

WTO Notification [PDF, 185 KB]

Background information

Maximum residue levels are known as MRLs. They are the maximum legal levels for residues of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines in food for sale. As new products and uses are registered, new MRLs are set and existing MRLs are adjusted as needed. This is to ensure that residue levels remain as low as practicable without compromising the ability for the chemical to work as 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 agricultural compounds for which MRLs do not apply are established 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 into New Zealand.

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the consultation document by 5pm on 24 May 2024 to

For each compound you give feedback about, answer these 2 questions:

  1. Do you agree or disagree with the proposed addition, amendment, or deletion?
  2. For compounds listed in Schedule 1, do you agree or disagree with the proposed MRLs?

You can also comment about compounds listed in Schedules 2 or 3. You're welcome to tell us if you agree or disagree with the listing or its conditions in those schedules.

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 2 questions listed for each compound you are commenting on.

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.

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation