Date of issue: 31 July 2018
Date of effect: Immediate
Reference Number: MAA2018-06
Industries — Seafood
Export seafood establishments
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources—Central and Regional offices
To notify exporters of Korea’s implementation of a revised MRL for Isoeugenol for fish (including eels) of 0.01mg/kg.
Summary of key points
Korea has implemented a revised MRL for Isoeugenol for fish (including eels) of 0.01mg/kg effective 1 July 2018. Isoeugenol is the active ingredient of AQUI-S Aquatic Anaesthetic.
The Australian MRL for Isoeugenol in fish is 100mg/kg.
The random sampling protocols for live fish and seafood consignments imported into Korea have not changed, however, live fish a consignments sampled which record an Isoeugenol level >0.01mg/kg will be deemed non-compliant with Korea’s import requirements by the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS). Information on Korea’s Border Inspection processes (including sampling) for imported foods.
The revised MRL for Isoeugenol has been implemented under Korea’s SPS notification G/SPS/N/Kor/556 Proposed Amendments to the Standards and Specifications for Foods. This notification included revision of MRLs for 39 pesticides in agricultural products and 18 veterinary drugs in foods, including of Isoeugenol for fish.
The Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) has been updated to reflect the changes.
The information provided in this advice is current at the time of writing and is intended for use as guidance only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. The Commonwealth endeavours to keep information current and accurate, however, it may be subject to change without notice. Exporters are encouraged to verify these details with their importers prior to undertaking production/exports. The Commonwealth will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on information contained in this notice.
Contact Exports if you have any queries.