Pursuant to sections 11L and 11Z of the Food Act 1981, the Minister of Health hereby issues the following amendment to the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Mandatory Food Standard 1999.
1. Title-This food standard may be cited as the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Mandatory Food Standard 1999, Amendment No. 6.
2. Commencement-This food standard shall come into force on the 28th day after its notification in the New Zealand Gazette.
3. Amendment-The New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Mandatory Food Standard 1999 is amended by substituting the following new entries in place of the existing entries for the following compounds currently listed in the First Table to that standard:
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
Compound Food Permissible Proportions (mg/kg)
Ivermectin Cattle liver 0.10
Cattle fat 0.04
Other liver (except cattle) 0.015
Other fat (except milk fat) 0.02
Other meat 0.01
Meloxicam Cattle liver 0.05
Cattle kidney 0.035
Cattle meat 0.025
(sum of Prochloraz and its
metabolites containing the
2,4,6-trichlorophenol moiety) Cereals
Dated at Wellington this 12th day of December 2001.
RUTH DYSON, Acting Minister of Health.
This note is not part of the amendment and has been included to explain its general effect.
The New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Mandatory Food Standard 1999 ("the MRL Standard 1999") was intended to replace provisions for pesticides and animal remedies contained within Regulation 257 of the Food Regulations 1984. It came into effect on 13 May 1999.
Regulation 257 was not revoked, but if any inconsistency arises between this standard and Regulation 257, the MRL Standard will prevail.
Amendment No. 6 to the MRL Standard 1999 updates provisions for agricultural compounds contained within the MRL Standard 1999.
Amendment No. 6 corrects drafting errors that occurred when amendment No. 5 was issued. As a result, no additional consultation has occurred on this amendment, because the changes it makes were already subject to consultation when Amendment No. 5 was made.
Amendment No. 6 comes into effect 28 days after it is gazetted.
In July 1996, New Zealand and Australia signed an agreement named The Agreement Between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of Australia Establishing a System for the Establishment of Joint Food Standards. Most food standards under the agreement apply in Australia and New Zealand.
However, maximum residue limits (MRL) of agricultural compounds are excluded under Article 3 (3) of the agreement due to the different pests and growing conditions between the two countries.
Therefore, this standard applies only to food produced for sale in New Zealand. Conversely, MRL contained within the Australian Food Standards Code apply in Australia only and not in New Zealand.
However, the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement 1996 allows for food produced in New Zealand that complies with New Zealand's legislative requirements to be sold in Australia.
Food standards subject to Regulations (Disallowance) Act 1989
Food standards, including this amendment, are subject to the Regulations (Disallowance) Act 1989. Any person has the right to make a complaint about a food standard to the Regulations Review Committee.
Availability of food law
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Copies of legislation can be purchased from:
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