Australian pome fruit growers are guided by maximum residue limits (MRLs) when using chemicals in the orchard. These limits are set by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for agricultural produce entering the food chain.
MRLs are set so they are not likely to be exceeded if the chemicals are used in accordance with approved label instructions. A dietary exposure evaluation is also completed to ensure the levels are not hazardous to human health.
National Residue Survey
Many apple and pear growers use a variety of products to ensure fruit is grown the highest standard. To ensure that products used are applied according to guidelines, growers participate in the National Residue Survey (NRS). Click here for more information on residue testing.
See recent NRS results for apple and pear:
- National Residue Survey 2013-14 – Apple and Pear
- National Residue Survey 2012-13 – Apple and Pear
- National Residue Survey 2011-12 – Apple and Pear