Due to a recent MRL violation on an export shipment to Japan, Western Growers again wants to remind members to be mindful that while the U.S. may have established tolerances on a particular pesticide/fungicide; other countries may have a lower tolerance level, or no established tolerance level. Such violations will not only place the individual shipper on enhanced surveillance, but in many cases will increase the surveillance of the entire industry when exporting to countries like Japan.
Both shippers directly exporting, and growers who may sell to exporters, should identify any pesticide/fungicide applications on any lot to be exported, and review MRL requirements of the importing country to ensure compliance. Members can refer to the USDA MRL database.
Again, it is imperative to not release a shipment for export until verifying pesticide/fungicide use, and potential residue levels against those of the importing country. For more information, please contact WG’s Ken Gilliland at (949) 885-2267
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