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National Residue Survey 2017-18: Grains

The National Residue Survey 2017-18 Grains brochure has been released, with strong results again indicating good agricultural practices throughout our industry.

Key points
• In 2017–18, the overall compliance rate against Australian standards was 99.2 per cent.
• Australian primary producers and grains handlers continue to demonstrate a high degree of good agricultural practice.
• The National Residue Survey is certified to ISO 9001 Quality Management System.

In 2017–18, a total of 5,857 samples was collected for analysis. The results were compared with the Australian standards and where appropriate, relevant international standards.

The results highlight an excellent compliance status against Australian standards and demonstrate the strong commitment of the grains industry to good agricultural practice. The consistently high
compliance rates help maintain the reputation and integrity of Australian grains in international and domestic markets.

The National Residue Survey (NRS) is an operational unit within the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and since 1992 has been funded by industries
through levies or contracted by direct funding.

The NRS is an essential part of Australia’s pesticide and veterinary medicine residue management framework providing verification of good agricultural practice in support of chemical control-of-use legislation and guidelines.

NRS residue monitoring programs monitor the levels of, and associated risks from, pesticides and veterinary medicine residues in Australian food products. The programs help to facilitate and encourage ongoing access to domestic and export markets. NRS supports Australia’s primary producers and food processors who provide quality animal, grains and horticulture products which meet both Australian and relevant international standards.

Since 1993, the NRS grains program has been funded by the NRS component of the statutory levy on grains.

The program involves the sampling and testing of Australian export and domestic traded grains for a range of pesticides and environmental contaminants. Representative samples are collected at export out- turn and domestic receival.

The program covers cereal grains (barley, maize, oat, sorghum, triticale, wheat, wheat durum), pulses (chickpea, cowpea, faba bean, field pea, lentil, lupin, mung bean, navy bean, pigeon pea, vetch), and oilseeds (canola, linseed, safflower, soybean, sunflower). The milled fractions of wheat, wheat durum, soybean and maize are included in the milled grains program.

For your information the following brochure is available for download.

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