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April 28, 2014
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On April 24, the European Commission published Reg (EU) No 418/2014, amending the EU's regulation for MRLs in veterinary drugs. This amendment adds an MRL on the meat of “all mammalian food producing species” at 30 μg/kg.

This regulation enters into force on June 24, 2014. Relevant MRL changes will appear in www.mrldatabase.com at that time.

April 25, 2014
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Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently notified the WTO of Draft Standards for Sanitation and Pesticide Residue Limits in Infant Foods. The document includes proposed limits for microorganisms, mycotoxins, and certain heavy metals. It also states that pesticide residues in infant foods should not exceed 0.01 ppm, the minimum detectable level.

The current Sanitation Standards for Infant Foods are available on the FDA website. Taiwan's MRLs for infant foods are regulated separately from their Standards for Pesticide Residue Limits in Foods.

April 25, 2014
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On April 22, 2014, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) published Gazette No. 8 – 22 April 2014. Pages 22-26 of the gazette list newly-established MRL changes, affecting Australia's international regulation, Standard 1.4.2. 

Relevant changes have been made to www.mrldatabase.com.

April 25, 2014
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On April 24, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) published an amendment (in Japanese) to their national MRL standard. This amendment includes MRL changes for avilamycin, ametoctradin, isoprothiolane, difenoconazole, tebuconazole, bifenthrin, pyrifluquinazon, flonicamid, penflufen, and levamisole.

MRLs that are newly-added or revised to a less restrictive level have entered into force. For MRLs changing to a more restrictive level, Japan is implementing a six month grace period. These changes will go into effect in October 2014.

Relevant changes have been made to www.mrldatabase.com.

April 24, 2014
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On April 23, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) published Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2014-16, Cyflumetofen. PMRA will accept comments on this consultation through July 7, 2014.

April 24, 2014
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On April 23, the U.S. EPA published a notice of applications received for new and revised MRLs. Pesticide petitions have been submitted for thiamethoxam and sulfoxaflor. Comments must be received on or before May 23, 2014.

April 24, 2014
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On April 23, the European Union published MRL amendment Commission Regulation (EU) No 398/2014 in the EU Official Journal. This regulation includes MRLs for the active ingredients benthiavalicarb, cyazofamid, cyhalofop-butyl, forchlorfenuron, pymetrozine and silthiofam.

MRLs in this regulation will apply from November 13, 2014, and relevant changes will appear in www.mrldatabase.com at that time.

April 24, 2014
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Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified the WTO of recently-adopted MRL changes to their Standards for Pesticide Residue Limits in Foods. WTO SPS Notification No. 306 and WTO SPS Notification No. 307 list specific MRL revisions and crop group definition changes.

An updated, consolidated MRL regulation for Taiwan is available on the FDA website.

Relevant changes have been made to www.mrldatabase.com.

April 18, 2014
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This week, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published the following reports:

April 18, 2014
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On April 15, the European Union published MRL amendment Commission Regulation (EU) No 364/2014 in the EU Official Journal. This regulation includes MRLs for the active ingredients fenpyroximate, flubendiamide, isopyrazam, kresoxim-methyl, spirotetramat and thiacloprid.

MRLs in this regulation will apply from May 5, 2014, and relevant changes will appear in www.mrldatabase.com at that time.

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