Change in Hong Kong food regulations for residue pesticides

12 Aug 2015

The Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety (HKCFS) has announced revised guidelines on food classification for the Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation.

‘These are minor revisions, but it is important, nevertheless, that Australian exporters are aware of the changes,’ said Wilson Tang, Austrade’s Senior Business Development Manager in Hong Kong.

The Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation first came into effect a year ago. As well as announcing the revisions, the Hong Kong regulator also provided an update on the implementation of the regulation.

During the past year there have been more than 24,900 samples taken for testing at import, wholesale and retail levels and that, to date, there have only been 98 vegetable and fruit samples detected as having excessive pesticide residues.

‘This means that the overall unsatisfactory rate is less than 0.4 per cent,’ said Mr Tang. He added that the HKCFS adopts a risk-based approach in determining the types of samples to be collected, the frequency and number of samples taken for testing, and the types of laboratory analysis that needs to be conducted.

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