2017-36 - Plant Export Operations – Increased monitoring at Indonesian ports of entry for residues in targeted Australian export consignments
13 September 2017
The purpose of this Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to notify industry of Indonesia’s recent directive to increase monitoring of Australian wheat, broad bean, grape, pear and lemon exports at ports of entry for residues as per the residue limits stated under the Ministry of Agriculture’s regulation No. 55/2016 on Food Safety Controls for the Importation of Fresh Foods of Plant Origin (decree No. 55/2016).
Summary of changes and key points
- Indonesia has directed that ports of entry monitoring for Australian wheat, broad bean, grape, pear and lemon exports is to increase. This monitoring will be carried out in the form of increased sampling and laboratory testing for pesticides, mycotoxins, bacteria and heavy metals.
- No formal reason for this has been provided by the Indonesian authorities, but it appears this change relates to the upcoming scheduled renewal of Country Recognition Agreements for fresh foods of plant origin.
- Exporters should be aware of this directive, and the residue limits for relevant grain and horticultural products as stated by decree No. 55/2016.
- To ensure the stated export products comply with the residue limits as per decree No. 55/2016.
Plant Export Operations Branch