Due to a recent Maximum Residue Level (MRL) violation on an export shipment of celery to Japan, Western Growers cautions members to be mindful of pesticide/fungicide tolerances when shipping to Japan and any other countries. While the U.S. may have established domestic tolerances on a particular pesticide/fungicide, other countries may have lower or zero tolerance levels Such violations will not only place the individual shipper on enhanced surveillance, but in many cases, will increase the surveillance of the entire industry, especially when exporting to countries like Japan.
It is incumbent on both shippers who directly export and growers who sell to exporters to 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 for additional information.
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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