Operationalization of MRL (Maximum Residue Limit) of Pesticides used in Tea

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has notified the draft FSS (Contaminants, Toxins, and Residues) Amendment Regulations, 2020, under Section 92 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. The draft amendment regulations, which were released on August 20, 2020, aim to revise the maximum residue limits (MRL) of pesticides used in tea, as well as other crops and commodities.

While the amendment regulations are currently undergoing inter-ministerial consultations, the FSSAI has taken into consideration the use of five pesticides – Emamectin Benzoate, Fenpyroximate, Hexaconazole, Propiconazole, and Quinalphos – for crop protection in tea plantations. The MRL of these pesticides has been revised upwards based on the data in the draft notification.

Thus, the FSSAI has decided to operationalize the MRIL of these five pesticides for tea with immediate effect, based on the representations received. This decision has been approved by the Competent Authority, exercising the powers vested under Section 18(2)(d) read with 16(5) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

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