Due to recent Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) violations on export shipments of various fresh produce commodities, Western Growers reminds its members that while the United States may have established tolerances on a particular crop protection compound other countries’ threshold limits may be lower or non-established.
MRL violations can trigger enhanced surveillance or test-and-hold protocols on perishable exports – not just on the individual shipper but sometimes on the entire exporting sector.
Western Growers has been informed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that some recent shipments of U.S. celery to Japan have exceeded the country’s maximum residue level (MRL) tolerances on multiple separate incidents related to acephate and methamidophos.
Japan has notified the United States’ government that a recent export shipment of celery to Japan was found to exceed Japan’s MRL tolerance resulting in a cited violation. Since this is the second time such a violation has been detected on celery within the last few months, Japan has now instituted an intensified inspection program.
Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is rapidly gaining traction as a tool for identifying the exact origins of an illness outbreak—but what is it and how does it work? On August 25, Western Growers, in partnership with the Produce Marketing Association and the United Fresh Produce Association, will host a free webinar briefing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this tool.