Food producers, manufacturers and distributors supplying global markets must comply with the maximum residue limits (MRL) of each country of import. SCS Global Services will guide your team through the maze of multi-country import MRL requirements, and certify your compliance with these requirements. In addition, we can help you determine the correct pre-harvest intervals necessary to meet the MRLs of most countries, and ensure that you comply with GlobalG.A.P. MRL certificate requirements.
Our extensive pesticide decline curve data, compiled over nearly 30 years, provides the guidance you need to pass every border without incident. These data cover all EU countries, Japan, Korea, and any USDA-listed country of import. If SCS has not worked with your crop or region, we can build custom decline curves, combining your existing testing and application data with regional variations.
SCS MRL Management and testing applies to any fresh produce item. High-value fresh fruit and vegetable exports are prime candidates, such as table grapes, apples, berries, peaches and other stone fruit.
As you plan for your next growing season, select SCS to:
Expert experience and knowledge of pesticides and usage patterns allow us to focus our tests on those classes of compounds most likely to result in residues that exceed the relevant MRLs. Targeted testing enables us to control costs and give you the information you need. At your request, SCS will work directly with your current pest control advisor (PCA) to keep your in-house team fully engaged and informed.
Gaining a fundamental understanding of the foreign policies governing pesticide use parameters and high-risk pesticides is necessary to guarantee distribution of your product overseas without hassle. Armed with this knowledge, growers can avoid certain pesticides and/or understand how to apply them in a way that doesn't put product at risk of being detained. SCS provides this knowledge through MRL Management services.
Selecting the correct PHI depends on the pesticide being applied. SCS has (or can generate) the decline data that allows you to apply pesticides in a manner that will ensure that residual pesticide levels meet the MRLs of the countries in your export plan.
No. SCS data is proprietary. PHIs are dependent on the crop, the environment, and the geographic area. We create a custom program for you - using your existing data, our historical data, and the specifics of your operation.
Yes. For example, the MRL for the pesticide "Captan" used on strawberries is 20 ppm in the United States; 5 ppm in Canada; 3 ppm in the United Kingdom, and 0.01 ppm in Taiwan. Because the tolerance range is so broad for some commonly used pesticides, it is important to consider a Pesticide Use Plan in coordination with your expected countries of export. SCS can help prepare you for the next growing season.
Yes. US government testing, under the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Pesticide Detection Program (AMS PDP), indicates that approximately 50% of all produce contains pesticide residues. The actual level is probably higher, since these tests do not necessarily detect the pesticides that were used. Simply following label use guidelines on the pesticides you use will result in products that meet U.S. tolerances, but does not guarantee that you will meet the MRLs of other countries to which you or your distributors export.
Cost depends upon the extent of your operation and the number of commodities. If you are following modified PHIs, you can eventually cut back on testing and focus mainly on high risk pesticide residue management. This practice may also allow you to cut back on overall pesticide use.
Shippers whose products are detained at a border most likely will lose the full value of the product. In addition, you must pay the cost of shipment along with storage fees overseas while the complaint is processed, a fee to dispose of the product or re-export it, and potentially a violation fee. In short, thousands of dollars. In addition, the shipper is now "on detention," subject to additional monitoring and testing until multiple compliant shipments successfully cross the border.