Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation (Cap. 132CM)
In order to increase quality and productivity of food, the use of pesticides becomes a common agricultural practice. On the other hand, it brings health concerns to the populations. Many scientific studies pointed out pesticide residues might cause adverse health effects to humans, and most of the residues have been transmitted to our plates from food chain. Therefore, monitoring of the use of pesticides and verification of their residual level is essential to assure the safety of food.
In Hong Kong, the Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation (Cap. 132CM) will come into operation on 1 August 2014 after the two-year grace period. It sets out a list of maximum residue limits (MRLs)/ extraneous maximum residue limits (EMRLs) for specified pesticide-food pairs. The presence of any pesticide residues in food exceeding the specified MRLs/ EMRLs is not permitted under the Regulation. The Regulation does not only concern fruits & vegetables, it also set limits of pesticide residues of certain foods of animal origin such as meat, poultry meat & milk.
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