Hong Kong's first-ever national MRL standard, Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation, entered into force today.
Relevant MRLs have been entered in www.mrldatabase.com 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.