2015/2016 Pesticides in Fresh and Frozen Produce Survey

Background

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Food Residue Surveillance Program (FRSP) was established in 2003 to investigate residues and contaminants in food for which there was no existing or suitable verification programme. It is intended to cover foods sold in the New Zealand domestic market, including imported foods and domestic produce.

Objectives

The objective of this study is to provide assurance to New Zealand consumers that recent pesticide registrations containing new active ingredients are being used in accordance with good agricultural practices and residues are within set maximum residue limits (MRLs).
In addition, the survey aims to provide baseline data on a wide range of pesticides registered for use on fresh and frozen produce sold within New Zealand.

A key objective of the survey to gather statistically robust data which is representative of overall grower compliance with pesticide registration restrictions.

Timelines

MPI propose to begin sampling in October 2015 and continue through to June 2016. Sampling will include produce sold for domestic consumption which is produced in New Zealand and overseas.

Scope of Testing

The survey will target a broad range of pesticides registered for use in New Zealand on horticultural produce. Typically screening tests include over 200 different pesticides.
The survey is likely to include 60 samples of six foods:

  • cauliflower
  • kale and silverbeet
  • peas (without pods)
  • tomatoes
  • wheat grain; and
  • winter squash.

Where possible, samples will be collected from points in the supply chain which allow traceability back to growers.