APVMA at the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues

26 May 2017

The APVMA was among those representing Australia as one of 52 member countries at the 49th Session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues. The event was held in Beijing, China from 24–29 April and the recommendations made by the committee will be of substantial benefit to Australian agriculture.

The APVMA provided scientific leadership and expertise as the alternate delegation lead, joined by representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and representatives from the grain and horticulture industries.

Executive Director for Scientific Assessment and Chemical Review (acting), Dr Jason Lutze said that a number of recommendations were agreed by the committee, including the referral of over 480 maximum residues limits (MRLs) to the next Codex Alimentarius Commission for adoption.

“These new MRLs will mean that Australian industries can use a wider range of APVMA approved products on grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, that are intended to be exported from Australia,” Dr Lutze said.

“The changes to MRLs could also see an increase in the number of new applications to vary the uses for existing registered agricultural chemicals and extend uses to commodity groups now covered by Codex MRLs.”

For more information visit the Codex Alimentarius International Food Standards meeting website.

APVMA at Codex meeting Beijing
From left to right: Karina Budd (Department of Agriculture and Water Resources), Ian Reichstein (Department of Agriculture and Water Resources), David Lunn – back row (Ministry for Primary Industries NZ), Jason Lutze (APVMA), Gerard McMullen (Grains Research and Development Corporation), Kevin Bodnaruk (Horticulture Innovation Australia)

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