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

Have your say

We're seeking your feedback about 10 proposed changes to the New Zealand Food Notice: Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds:

  • 4 entries for maximum residue levels in Schedule 1 to be amended
  • 4 entries for maximum residue levels in Schedule 1 to be removed
  • 2 new entries for veterinary medicines for which no maximum residue level applies in Schedule 3.

Full details are in the consultation document.

Consultation document

Proposals to Amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice [PDF, 357 KB]

Related document

NZL 677 SPS notification – Proposals to Amend the Maximum Residue Levels [PDF, 211 KB]

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 and MRL exemptions are set, and existing MRLs and MRL exemptions 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.  

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 into New Zealand.

Making a submission

Email your feedback on the consultation document by 5pm on 15 February 2022 to

Specific questions to answer about the proposals

For each compound you make a comment about, answer these questions:

  • Do you oppose a MRL in Schedule 1 or listing in Schedule 3 being set or deleted at all for this compound or for a commodity?
  • If a MRL in Schedule 1 or listing in Schedule 3 is to be set for this compound for the commodity, do you disagree with the levels or conditions proposed? If so, why do you disagree?
  • On balance, do you oppose any of the commodity MRLs in Schedule 1 or details of the listing in Schedules 3 proposed for this compound?

What to include in your submission

Make sure you include:

  • 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 specific questions 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.

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