Taiwan amends 14 pesticide MRLs in food
Jan. 9, 2017
Food safety is a problem of global concern, particularly in the improper application of pesticides, such as the overuse of pesticides on agricultural commodities and the harvesting of crops before the residues dissipate. The widespread use of pesticides can have serious impacts on human health, causing illnesses including cancer, neurological disease, and adverse reproductive effects. To minimize such problems, programs to monitor pesticide residues in foods are performed in many countries to ensure that consumers are not exposed to anything above the maximum residue levels (MRLs) established by the authorities.
In Taiwan, the use of pesticides by farmers has increased rapidly. The TFDA realized these issues and then first published “Standards for Pesticides Residue Limits in Foods” in October 2008, which included 372 pesticide MRLs in 22 food categories. At the same time, the TFDA developed their testing methods to determine 135 pesticides. The methods were expanded to cover 311 pesticides on July 3, 2014. An average of four pesticide regulations have been amended by TFDA each year. As the result of differing MRLs in each country and different limits to apply for local foods, MRL harmonization based on the scientific data is required in order to eliminate potential trade barriers.
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