Proposed changes to the maximum residue limit for dithiocarbamates
The APVMA that it is proposing to establish a new (temporary) MRL of 7 mg/kg for dithiocarbomates in citrus. Dithiocarbamates include the active ingredients mancozeb, propineb and zineb.
With the disease control challenges in Queensland, the proposed amendment is welcome news to Queensland growers.
The proposal to amend the MRL in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code from 0.2 mg/kg to 7 mg/kg was gazetted on the APVMA’s website on August 9. The gazettal notice can be found here.
The APVMA is required to provide domestic stakeholders with a 30-day consultation period and international stakeholders with 60 days. Citrus Australia anticipates that the temporary MRL will be included in the Food Code by December 2016.
On a very positive note, Citrus Australia would like to commend the APVMA for the cooperation it has shown in expediting these two important issues.