Circular regulations on maximum residue levels of pesticide in food
Article 1. Scope and regulated entities
- This Circular deals with the maximum residue levels of pesticide in domestically produced foods and imported ones.
- This Circular applies to producers and traders of foods, and authorities and entities involved.
Article 2. Interpretation of terms
In this document, these terms are construed as follows:
- Maximum Residue Level (“MRL” for short) refers to the highest concentration of a pesticide residue in a food (unit: mg/kg of food).
- Pesticide residue refers to any specified substance in food resulting from the use of a pesticide.
The term “pesticide residue” includes residues from unknown or unavoidable sources (e.g., environmental) as well as known uses of the chemical.
It includes any derivatives of a pesticide, such as conversion products, metabolites, reaction products, and impurities considered to be of toxicological significance.
- Extraneous Maximum Residue Limit (“EMRL” for short) refers to the maximum concentration of a pesticide residue or a contaminant in food arising from environmental sources (including former uses of chemicals in agriculture), exclusive of the residue arising from the use of a pesticide or contaminant substance directly or indirectly on food (unit: mg/kg of food).