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07 May, 2020 Legal Update

Japan: MRLs Update

Japan: MRLs Update


The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan notified the World Trade Organization of the Revision of the Standards and Specifications for Foods and Food Additives under the Food Sanitation Act (revision of agricultural chemical residue standards).


As for nuts and dried fruits, the following MRLs were proposed:
  • The MRL for dieldrin in peanuts, pecan, almond, walnut and other nuts is lowered from 0.06 ppm to 0.05 ppm; in apricot, cranberry and date from 0.05 ppm to 0.01 ppm. In addition, in grape is newly set at 0.01 ppm.
  • The MRL for benfuracarb in peanuts is lowered from 0.3 ppm to 0.02 ppm; in apricot, cranberry, grape, date, pecan, almond, walnut and other nuts from 0.5 ppm to 0.01 ppm.
  • The MRL for carbofuran in peanuts is lowered from 0.2 ppm to 0.1 ppm; in apricot, cranberry, grape, date, pecan, almond, walnut and other nuts from 0.3 ppm to 0.01 ppm.
  • The MRL for carbosulfan in peanuts is lowered from 0.05 ppm to 0.01 ppm; in apricots, cranberry, grape, date, pecan, almond, walnut and other nuts from 0.2 ppm to 0.01 ppm.
  • The MRL for carbaryl in peanuts is lowered from 5 ppm to 0.05 ppm; in apricot from 10 ppm to 0.01 ppm; in cranberry form 7 ppm to 5 ppm; in grape from 1.0 ppm to 0.01 ppm; and in date from 2 ppm to 0.01 ppm.
  • The MRL for ipflufenoquin in apricot is set at 5 ppm; in grape at 6 ppm.
  • The MRL for isofetamid in apricot is set at 3 ppm; in almonds at 0.01 ppm. In addition, in cranberry is increased from 4 to 5 ppm.
 
The deadline for comments is May 31, 2020 (except for ipflufenoquin and isofetamid where the final date for comments is not applicable).
 
For further information, please contact us at inc@nutfruit.org.
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