Have your say
New Zealand Food Safety is seeking public feedback on changes to the Food Notice: Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds. The proposed changes are:
- 4 new or amended entries for maximum residue levels in Schedule 1
- 2 new entries for agricultural chemicals for which no maximum residue level applies in Schedule 2
- one new entry for a veterinary medicine for which no maximum residue level applies in Schedule 3
- one amended entry for a veterinary medicine for which no maximum residue level applies in Schedule 3.
Full details are in the consultation document. Submissions close at 5pm on 24 September 2023.
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. This is 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.
Making a submission
Email your feedback on the consultation document by 5pm on 24 September 2023 to MaximumResidueLevels@mpi.govt.nz
For each compound you comment about in your submission, answer these 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 MRLs?
- For compounds listed in Schedules 2 or 3, do you agree or disagree with the listing or its 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.
While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:
New Zealand Food Safety
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526