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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 inviting public comment on proposed changes to the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) Food Notice. The food notice establishes MRLs for agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines (Schedule 1) to manage residues that may occur in food in New Zealand. (It also lists agricultural chemicals (Schedule 2) and veterinary medicines (Schedule 3) for which no MRL applies).

For this consultation, we're proposing 5 new or amended maximum residue levels in Schedule 1.

Full details are in the consultation document. Submissions close at 5pm on 13 November 2023.

Consultation document

Proposals to amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice [PDF, 382 KB]

Related documents

NZL 732 – SPS notification – Proposals to Amend the Maximum Residue Levels [PDF, 217 KB]

Food Notice: Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds (the current notice) [PDF, 769 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 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 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 13 November 2023 to

For each compound you comment about in your submission, answer these questions:

  1. On balance, do you oppose any of the details of the proposals, such as setting a MRL for a particular commodity or species?
  2. Do you oppose an MRL entry being established at all for this compound or for a commodity? If so, why do you oppose it?
  3. If an MRL 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?

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:

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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