Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry National Residue Survey
Almonds Adopt Industry Residue Testing Program
The Australian almond industry is soon to adopt a national residue testing program, facilitated by the National Residue Survey (NRS) together with funding support from the ABA’s Marketing Program. Ian Reichstein Director of the National Residue Survey will meet with ABA, Riverland Almonds, Almondco and Selct Harvest on 15-16 December to sign contracts and provide sampling equipment and instructions. The NRS is an operational unit of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and operates on a cost recovery basis, funded principally by levies from participating industries.
Currently the NRS undertakes residue testing programs for a range of meat products, fish products, honey, eggs, grains, pulses and oilseeds, and five other horticultural products. Commencing 2009, the NRS will contract analytical laboratories to perform random residue analyses on Australian almonds. These laboratories are proficiency tested in order to ensure the validity of analytical results. Samples will be collected from the pack houses in accordance with NRS procedures and protocols, for monitoring to confirm that residues are below the maximum residue limits (MRL) set by our
major domestic and overseas markets. The NRS, in consultation with the ABA, will continually monitor and update the Almond Overseas MRL table to reflect requirements set by Australia’s major almond destinations. This MRL table currently includes Australia, Codex, EU, France, Germany, Spain, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, UAE and USA. A compliance report for the industry will be provided annually by the NRS: www. daff.gov.au/nrs For further information, contact Julie Haslett at the ABA office.
Almond Chemical Screen 2009 The chemicals, listed in the following table, include those that may be used on almonds in Australia, as well as those, which may be important in terms of international trade: