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MRL risk analyses and risk management options for major citrus export markets (CT14003)

Key research provider: AKC Consulting
Publication date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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What was it all about?

Australian horticultural overseas trade relies on exported produce having acceptable pesticide residues. Breaching an importing country’s standards can lead to loss of market access, or to conditions and restrictions being imposed. Requirements vary from country to country, posing a challenge for citrus exporters.

This project reviewed international standards for pesticide residues for grapefruit, oranges, lemons and mandarins in Australian export markets. The aim was to compile information of maximum residue levels (MRL) for use by exporters to assist them to abide by the various restrictions.

Researchers liaised with industry participants, chemical manufacturers, and international and domestic regulatory organisations to…

  • Collate listings of MRLs for nominated export destinations

  • Develop residue management guides as a resource for growers and exporters

  • Identify risks by comparing MRLs with those of the nominated importing countries

  • Provide input to the Department of Agriculture with regard to World Trade Organisation SPS notifications following consultation with Citrus Australia

  • Liaise with industry stakeholders over new developments and progress on existing residue issues.

All of this information, updated bi-annually, was made available via the citrus industry website, and publicised in industry-specific publications.


Find out about current maximum residue levels for export countries on the Citrus Australia website.


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Funding statement:
This project has been funded by Hort Innovation

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