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MRL is the acronym for Maximum Residue Limits. Most of the countries have established their MRLs for pesticides used in the control of pest and diseases not only to safeguard consumer health but also to minimize the presence of these residues in the environment. Sedigep Ltd conforms with the scientific basis for all existing EU MRLs of this active substance with particular attention to the MRLs that might be of relevance for international trade. For this purpose, Sedigep Ltd considers all data for EU and Cyprus relevant authorities. Sedigep Ltd tries to keep lowering the maximum residue levels MRLs for all pesticides, which are authorized in the EU. In case that Sedigep Ltd concludes any failure to comply relatively with acceptable bounds, it follows some operations of recalling the products before or after the product reaches the customers.
In this way, it avoids any diseases to spread and keeps its high value in the market.Firstly, the analysis of hazards of residues takes place during harvest and occurs with the date of maturity of the fruit. We do hazards analysis to check if the producer has made use of registered pesticides, if he has used the right dosage and if he obeys the instructions about security time needed, as it is written on the product’s label.The sample taking for the detection of residues takes place on the day of cutting the fruits or the day before. The collection of a sample takes place by creating a Z line in the fields which means that we collect 9 samples from 3 spots, 2 from the edges of the field and 1 from the middle (figure 1).
Each sample contains 12-14 fruits taken only from the lowest part of the tree and its external area. The agriculturist takes the 9 samples (of 12-14 fruits) and puts all fruits in a designated bin. From this designated bin we will take maximum 15 fruits.The fruits are then placed in a plastic bag with a label identifying the producer along with his code number, an identification of the field and the fruit variety. The plastic bag will be sent to an Analysis Lab which is accredited with ISO 17025 in all the range of analysis pesticides.For a more objective result, the sample sent must have similar characteristics like origin, producer and variety. The minimum weight for a sample is 1 kg.In case that, residues are found in a level higher than the allowed one or in case that non-approved active substances are found then, depending on the case, the product recall procedures are immediately activated.
Sedigep is a member of Sedex, a non-profit organization promoting responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Our reference number is S000000027629. Sedex enables us to efficiently share ethical information with multiple customers. More information at www.sedexglobal.com.