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Pome fruit growers committed to good agricultural practices and food safety

Industry Best Practice

Australian apple and pear growers have once again demonstrated their commitment to good agricultural practices and food safety. The latest National Residue Survey (NRS) results show a 99 per cent compliance level in apples and pears tested in 2021–22.

Every year the National Residue Survey tests pome fruit and juice for a range of chemical residues, environmental contaminants and microorganisms to help ensure that the industry can meet quality assurance and market access requirements for domestic and international markets.

Samples are collected from growers, packing sheds and wholesale markets and growers are notified of non-compliant results so that this fruit is not sold. This means Australian apple and pear growers are actively testing to ensure the quality of their fruit.

In 2021–22, a total of 293 pome fruit and juice samples were collected for residue analysis. The results were compared with Australian standards and, where appropriate, relevant international standards. All 262 fruit samples were subjected to a multi-residue screen and the 31 juice samples were tested for patulin.

Any detections help reinforce the contaminant-free status of Australian pome fruit. The results show excellent compliance with Australian food safety standards and demonstrate the strong commitment of the pome fruit industry to good agricultural practice.

The pome fruit program is funded by the NRS component of the statutory levy on apple and pear production.

Read the National Residue Survey 2021–22.

Are you a grower who wants to participate?

The NRS provides a testing service for a range of pesticides, microbes and environmental contaminants at no cost to pome fruit levy payers. NRS covers the freight, sample equipment and patulin analysis costs. To participate in the testing program, contact the NRS to obtain a registration form. The NRS will then mail all the equipment needed, along with a sampling manual on how to collect and submit the sample.

Privacy is critical to the program. NRS is bound by the Privacy Act and s11 of the National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992. Any data generated from participation will not be provided to any other party without written permission.

Further information

Visit the National Residue Survey website.

Watch Jenna Garwood, Assistant Director – NRS Plant Programs (DAWE), discuss what the NRS means for Australian growers and exporters in this video presentation, “National Residue Survey: Minimising Risk and Maintaining Reputation”, from the 2021 APAL Technical Day.

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