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October 10, 2016

Matt Lantz, BCI Vice President for Global Access, was invited to speak at an upcoming WTO SPS Workshop on Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs).  Matt’s name was put forward by the U.S. government as he, and BCI more generally, are recognized leaders on MRL policies and their impact on agricultural production and trade.  The workshop will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on October 24 and 25.  Specifically, Matt was asked to speak about on The Role of the Private Sector in the Establishment and Implementation of MRLs.  Other topics to be covered over the two days include approaches to establishing MRLs, compliance and implementation, risk assessment, and more.

December 3, 2014

On December 3, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a reasoned opinion on the review of the existing MRLs for tolclofos-methyl in plants, processed commodities, rotational crops, and livestock.

November 27, 2013

China's Food and Drug Administration recently released the draft revisions to its Food Safety Law, which was implemented in 2009.   The draft law has not yet been notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO), causing transparency concerns across U.S. food industries.

There are several new provisions within the revised draft law which have potential implications for U.S. food exporters.  For example, new traceability conditions would require the establishment of purchase inspection and an outgoing inspection for food, raw materials, additives and other inputs.  The law also appears to require on-site inspections of foreign producers exporting to China.  Additionally, new documentation requirements, including the requirement for an inspection certificate, appear to indicate that U.S. agencies would be responsible for pre-shipment testing of exports destined for China.  There is also new language covering the development of national food safety standards as well as local government and ‘enterprise' standards. 

Further details on the requirements of the new draft regulation can be found in the following report from USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Should China notify the WTO of the draft food safety law, an international comment period is anticipated to follow.

October 25, 2013

On September 1, 2013, Bryant Christie Inc. launched the new International Maximum Residue Level (MRL) Grower Priority Database.  This database will allow US grower groups to share their crop protection MRL needs in foreign markets with both the US government and with chemical registrants.  The database was funded with a Technical Assistance for Specialty Crop (TASC) grant from the US Department of Agriculture and is supported by the Minor Crop Farmer's Alliance.

Differing pesticide MRL values across nations is a growing trade barrier.  Growers and shippers might use an approved crop protection product domestically and find that because of a lack of a MRL in a foreign market, the shipment is rejected costing tens of thousands of dollars.  This issue has become more prevalent over the last decade as countries such as Canada, the European Union, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Hong Kong have overhauled their MRL regulatory systems, often establishing new national MRL lists.  Frequently these list can differ from US MRLs, which pose a challenge to exporting

The Grower Priority Database allows US grower groups to identify for governments and registrants where there are gaps between US and foreign market regulatory policies and to prioritize which needs are most critical for avoiding trade disruptions.  Current markets in the database are Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, and a place to share international Codex priorities.  Hong Kong will be added in 2014.  In addition to identifying priorities, grower groups can also provide comments as to why a certain need exists in a given market.  Registrants can also respond with their own comments regarding the priorities. 

The database allows growers to share their needs, allows registrants to determine which commodities are seeking foreign MRLs for their compounds, and allows the US government to determine which priorities might be shared with a foreign government when priorities are sought.

The database is located at

Please contact Bryant Christie Inc. with any questions regarding the Grower Priority Database.   

April 18, 2013

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.

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