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.
Click on the following links to view a Chemicals and food safety fact sheet.
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).
National Residue Survey results for apples and pears can be viewed on APAL’s National Residue Survey page.