APPLICATION A451 - Maximum Residue limits
8 May 2002
Final Assessment Report
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- This Application (A451) seeks to amend Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for agricultural and veterinary chemicals in the Food Standards Code.
- This is a routine Application from the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA), to update the Food Standards Code in order to reflect current registration status of agricultural and veterinary chemicals in use in Australia.
- On 24 November 2000, the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council (ANZFSC) adopted the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (published as Volume 2 of the Food Standards Code). Subsequently, all applications to amend MRLs will now be incorporated into Volumes 1 and 2 of the Food Standards Code (Standard A14 and Standard 1.4.2 respectively). Consequently, all references throughout this document to the Food Standards Code are references to both Volumes 1 and 2 of the Food Standards Code.
- The Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Government of New Zealand to establish a system for the development of joint food standards (the Treaty), excluded MRLs for agricultural and veterinary chemicals in food from the joint Australia New Zealand food standards setting system. Australia and New Zealand separately develop MRLs for agricultural and veterinary chemicals in food.
- There are no MRLs for antibiotic residues in this application.
- The NRA has assessed appropriate toxicology, residue, animal transfer, processing and metabolism studies, in accordance with the Guidelines for Registering Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals, the Agricultural and Veterinary Requirements Series, 1997, to support the use of chemicals on commodities as outlined in this Application.
- The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing has undertaken an appropriate toxicological assessment of the chemicals and has established relevant acceptable daily intakes(ADI).
- ANZFA is satisfied from the accompanying dietary modelling performed that the residues associated with the proposed MRLs do not represent an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.
- None of ANZFA' s section 10 objectives are compromised by the proposed changes. The requested variations to the Food Standards Code should commence on gazettal.
- The Regulation Impact Assessment supports the requested MRLs. ANZFA considers that this Application raises matters that constitute a potential Sanitary and Phytosanitary matter and has raised a World Trade Organization (WTO) notification at Initial/Draft Assessment. No WTO Member has made a submission on this Application.
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