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August 13, 2018

On August 8, Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety published a revised version of its Guidelines on Food Classification for the Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation.

Relevant MRL updates resulting from these food classification changes will display when the revised Guidelines go into effect on November 1, 2018.

December 18, 2017
On December 16, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service published a Food and Agricultural Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report for Hong Kong. This report contains information on food additive regulations. 

Hong Kong's food additive regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI.

January 30, 2017

Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Service published Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Country Reports for the following countries:

Information on pesticides and other contaminants is included in Section III for Ghana, Hong Kong, and Poland, Section IV for Lithuania, and Section V for Chile and El Salvador. The Global MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for these markets.

January 27, 2017

Recently, the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service published a Food and Agricultural Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report on Hong Kong. This report includes information on food additive regulations.

Hong Kong's regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

August 31, 2015

Bryant Christie Inc. will be attending Asia Fruit LOGISTICA in Hong Kong from August 31 - September 4. We will showcase our Global MRL Database, which includes chemical residue regulations on over 700 commodities and 900 active ingredients in 100+ markets around the world.

  • You are invited to visit Booth AB - 22 in Hall 3 for a demonstration of our Global MRL Database.
  • A visit to our booth comes with benefits! View our demo and receive a free 60-day trial of the Global MRL Database.

BCI's President James Christie and Vice President of Global Access Matt Lantz will also present at Asiafruit Congress. You will not want to miss “Managing Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs)” on Tuesday, September 1 from 3:15 - 4:15pm as Breakout Session 4.

Interested in a demonstration or 30-day trial of Global MRL? Please contact to schedule a time or for more information.


August 17, 2015

Bryant Christie Inc. will be presenting at AsiaFruit Logistica in Hong Kong at booth AB-22 in Hall 3 during the week of August 31 – September 4, 2015.   Please stop by for a demonstration.


August 1, 2014

Hong Kong's first-ever national MRL standard, Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation, entered into force today.

Relevant MRLs have been entered in and are currently live.

As background, Hong Kong announced in late 2007 its intention to move away from a full Codex deferral toward a positive list system. A version of the standard was published in 2012 with an effective date of August 1, 2014. The grace period was instituted to give trading partners adequate time to adjust to the new pesticide residue regime.  

Now that the national regulation has taken effect, pesticide residue levels should not exceed the limits set forth in this standard. 

June 24, 2014

The Hong Kong government is considering prohibiting the use of brominated vegetable oil (BVO) as a food additive, based on safety concerns.  Hong Kong has requested information regarding U.S. regulations on BVO.

For more information, please refer to this USDA GAIN Report

Hong Kong's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database.

June 10, 2014

Hong Kong will have its first-ever enacted Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation come into force August 1, 2014. The regulation will remain as it was published in June 2012.

Meanwhile, the proposed amendments, which include the latest changes to MRLs and extraneous maximum residue limits (EMRLs) adopted by Codex in 2012 and 2013 and proposals put forth by stakeholders since the enactment of the regulation in June 2012, are to be reviewed by a “Working Group”.

April 15, 2014

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently published a report notifying readers of updates to Hong Kong's national MRL standard.

The specific MRL revisions have not yet been released to the public, as the Hong Kong Government (HKG) will first send the list to the Legislative Council for vetting and approval. Although the MRL proposal is not available at this time, the report states that 431 MRLs will be added, 347 MRLs will be removed, and 417 MRLs will be revised.

Hong Kong enacted its first national MRL standard in 2012, and it will enter into force on August 1, 2014. The MRL changes announced in this recent report reflect the HKG's incorporation of MRLs established by the international Codex Alimentarius in 2012 and 2013. The HKG has pledged to include the Codex MRL updates before their national standard takes effect in August. MRLs proposed by stakeholders following the enactment of the national regulation in 2012 were also taken into consideration with this recent update.

Hong Kong's national MRL standard will be displayed in when it takes effect in August 2014. The database currently displays Codex MRLs.

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