Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) is currently in the process of implementing a Positive List System (PLS) for the Pesticide MRLs in Food regulation. The new PLS eliminates the deferral to Codex MRLs and the complex decision tree Korea has used to derive MRLs in cases where there is neither a national MRL nor a Codex MRL established. In addition, a default tolerance of 0.01 ppm will be set.
The first phase of this transition affects nuts, oilseeds, and tropical fruits, and is being implemented on January 1, 2017. Other commodities will not be affected until phase two in December 2018.
BCI will be making the appropriate changes to the Global MRL Database during the week of December 26th. For nut, oilseed, and tropical fruit commodities, Codex MRL deferrals and derived MRLs will be removed. This means that only national MRLs directly set on these commodities will appear in the Database. If there is no national MRL set, a default MRL of 0.01 ppm will apply and be displayed in the MRL results.