Date: Sep 05, 2013

Due to a Maximum Residue Level (MRL) violation on an export shipment of spinach to Taiwan, 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 possibly not even have an established tolerance.

In this instance of a reported single violation, the inspection frequency of the same commodity imported by the same importer will be elevated from 2-5 percent regular random inspection rate to 20-50 percent reinforced random inspection rate.  Following two consecutive violations, inspections will increase from the elevated 20-50 percent to 100 percent.  If violations continue an improvement plan may be required, and if not satisfactory, imports may temporarily be suspended, which may extend to the entire supply country.

Members can refer to the USDA MRL database available here. 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 or (949) 885-2267.

WG Staff Contact

Ken Gilliland
Director, International Trade & Transportation

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