Growers intending to export fruit to the United Kingdom (UK) are reminded they must conduct thorough testing for a full range of chemical residues. Diphenylamine (DPA) is now virtually banned in Europe, with maximum residues set at 0.1ppm – with the levels likely to be reduced further next year.
This is significantly lower than the Australian maximum residue limits (MRL) of 10.0 ppm for apples and 7.0ppm for pears. Even though growers may have stopped using DPA, the risk of contamination in old bins, coolrooms and packing equipment is high.
It is essential that fruit is checked in Australia to the level of detail required by Europe, to ensure fruit is not rejected on arrival. Do not ship fruit before your test results are back and you are confident you will pass the rigorous testing in Europe.
Residue testing is available through the National Residue Survey (NRS), run by the Department of Agriculture. Testing is completed in 10 business days; however an expedited three day turn around can be requested for $365 for up to five samples.
The NRS results for 2013-14 show that Australian apples and pears were, respectively
For more information contact the Department of Agriculture on 1800 420 919.