Chemical Residues and Food Safety

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Maximum Residue Limit Standard

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) sets maximum residue limits (MRLs) for agricultural and veterinary chemicals in agricultural produce, particularly produce entering the food chain.

Export Slaughter Intervals

The APVMA regularly updates the Export Slaughter Interval (ESI) for products used in sheep and cattle.

Management of residues following plague locust control

Observance of withholding periods is critical to ensure your produce meets market standards. The following joint APVMA and SafeMeat commonly asked questions provides guidance in the interpretation of withholding periods and export intervals for pesticide products following plague locust control.

Risk Assessment of Short-Term Dietary Exposure to Chemical Residues

The dietary intake of residues of some pesticides and veterinary drugs can pose acute hazards. For this reason, a risk assessment of short-term dietary exposure to chemical residues, which involves scientists from the Department of Health and Ageing, the APVMA and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ), is undertaken.

Chemical Residues - Frequently Asked Questions

See a list of the most frequently asked questions for chemical residues.

Last updated on 17 August, 2011

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