Ground Cover Supplement : GC Supplement - Grain hygiene
GROUND COVER GRAIN HYGIENE 6 In the Australian corner THE GRAINS INDUSTRY needs to use grain protectants and fumigants to ensure that grain can be safely stored and presented to customers in a clean, uninfested condition. Due to its climate, Australia has a greater reliance than most of its trading competitors on the use of these products in the storage of grain. To help ensure the risks associated with the use of pesticides in the food chain are minimised, Codex Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) have been established for many pesticides by the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues and recommended to the Codex Alimentarius Commission for inclusion in the Codex Alimentarius as international standards. Due to its greater reliance on these pesticides Australia has been instrumental in ensuring MRL have been established for the chemicals most important to the export market. Some export markets will only accept grain with residue levels lower than the Codex MRL, but these standards provide a platform for negotiation. Many markets do accept the Codex MRL. The GRDC identified the need for closer consultation and representation on regulatory matters and engaged Bill Murray to help establish appropriate linkages to ensure the GRDC is better able to prioritise its research activities in relation to grain storage. Mr Murray chairs the National Working Party on Grain Protection (NWPGP) and represents the Australian grains industry in the delegation to the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues. This GRDC investment is designed to ensure that industry registration requirements are identified and defined, adequately presented to regulatory/registration authorities, and the required action by researchers is prioritised. Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) The Codex Alimentarius Commission operates under the United Nations Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Food Standards Program. Its objectives are protecting the health of consumers, ensuring fair practices in food trade and promoting coordination of food standards work undertaken by international agencies. The value of Australian representation at the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues is clearly demonstrated by the recent outcome which ensured that Codex MRL were maintained for chlorpyrifos-methyl, dichlorvos, fenitrothion (see page 8), methoprene and pirimiphos-methyl. These five chemicals are very important for the safe storage of grains in Australia and the loss of Codex MRL for these compounds would have posed significant difficulties for grain storage in Australia as well as adversely affected exports. While pesticides come up for re-approval on rotation, the threat to revoke the previously mentioned MRL arose unexpectedly. By having direct representation on the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues, Australia was informed Australia is highly reliant on grain protectants and fumigants, but the continued market acceptance of these products does not occur without a fight MARKET ACCESS The new, freer -- but more fragmented -- marketplace increases the importance for grain to be tested for residues at each stage of the value chain.
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