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National Food Safety Standards for Maximum Residue Limits of Pesticides in Foods, 2019 Edition
by Britta Fiedler
The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), the National Health Commission and the State Administration for Market Regulations jointly released the “National Food Safety Standards Maximum Residue Limits of Pesticides in Foods”. This edition sets new standards for 7107 Maximum Residue Limits for 483 Pesticides in 356 kinds of food products. Compared to the 2016 edition, there were additional 50 pesticides and 2967 Maximum Residue Limits added.
Five major highlights from the 2019 version of the "Food Safety National Standards for Maximum Residues of Pesticides in Foods":
First, it covers all pesticide varieties approved for use in China.
Second, regarding high-risk pesticides and it stipulates 585 Residue Limits for 27 banned pesticides and 311 Residue Limits for 16 restricted pesticides.
Third, the limited standards for featured small crops have increased significantly. Among them, 804 new standards set for varieties of ginseng, Chinese bayberry, winter jujube and other 119 special crops. The total number of limits reached 1,602, which is doubled compared to the 2016 edition.
Fourth, there has been a breakthrough in the growth of animal-derived food Residue Limits. 703 new Maximum Residue Limits were set for 109 pesticides in 14 animal-derived foods, such as meat, eggs and milk, which is 14 times the value of the 2016 edition.
Fifth, the number of pesticides in imported food and agricultural products increased significantly. Through the evaluation and transformation of the international food standards and in the light of increasing amounts of imported agricultural products which may contain pesticides that have not been registered in China, there is a total of 1109 residue limits for 77 pesticides that have not been approved for use in China.
Released on August 30th, 2019 on the webpage of MARA in the following link (in Chinese):