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April 23, 2013
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The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) recently published Gazette No. 8 - 23 April 2013.  Included in the Gazette is a proposal to amend Australia's MRL standard affecting the following active ingredients: cyflufenamid, bifenazate, dimethoate, fluazinam, fludioxonil, pyraclostrobin, spirotetramat, terbuthylazine, fluazifop-butyl, flutriafol, metsulfuron-methyl, and triclopyr. Comments may be submitted to APVMA by May 21.

April 23, 2013
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Korea recently announced the renaming and restructuring of their Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS). Formerly operating as the Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA), the agency has been upgraded to ministry status. MFDS is responsible for regulating MRLs in foodstuffs, testing for pesticide residues, and overseeing other tasks related to food safety in Korea.

April 23, 2013
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On April 18, 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRL for tricyclazole in rice in which EFSA concludes that an import tolerance request is not sufficiently supported by data.

April 19, 2013
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On April 19, 2013, the US EPA published a final rule, 78 FR 23497, in the US Federal Register amending the MRL regulation for the active ingredient propiconazole. MRLs are established for various barley, oat, rye, and wheat commodities, as well as for grain, aspirated fractions.

Relevant changes will appear in www.mrldatabase.com tomorrow.

April 18, 2013
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April 17, 2013, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) published consultation document Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2013-21. This document proposes new MRLs for the active ingredient pyriproxyfen on various eggplants. PMRA will accept comments for up to 75 days from the publication of this document.

April 18, 2013
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April 17, 2013, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) published consultation document Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2013-20. This document proposes new MRLs for the active ingredient quizalofop-ethyl on grain lupin. PMRA will accept comments for up to 75 days from the publication of this document.

April 18, 2013
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On June 5 and 6, the California Specialty Crop Council (CSCC) will be hosting the 2013 MRL Workshop in San Francisco, California. The conference brings together trade associations, registrants, and regulatory professionals from around the world to discuss the latest developments in MRL policy.

Presentation topics include international trade trends, global registrations, pesticide residue monitoring, MRL strategies for growers, updates for international residue standards, food safety regulations and methyl bromide use related to provisions of the Montreal Protocol.

CSCC has made available online meeting registration information and a draft of the 2013 MRL Workshop agenda.

April 18, 2013
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April 17, 2013, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) published consultation document Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2013-19. This document proposes new MRLs for the active ingredient boscalid on leafy and head and stem Brassicas and leaf lettuce. PMRA will accept comments for up to 75 days from the publication of this document.

April 18, 2013
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April 17, 2013, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) published consultation document Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2013-18. This document proposes new MRLs for the active ingredient flumioxazin on tree nuts. PMRA will accept comments for up to 75 days from the publication of this document.

April 10, 2013
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April 10, 2013, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule, 78 FR 21267, in the Federal Register amending the MRL regulation for the active ingredient dinotefuran. The final rule establishes a new MRL for all food and feed items (other than those covered by a higher tolerance as a result of use on growing crops) in food/feed handling establishments. The EPA will accept comments through June 10, 2013.

Relevant changes will appear in www.mrldatabase.com tomorrow.

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