System of Investigation

The FreshTest® program includes a strict system of investigation, corrective action and retesting following the detection of:

  • Pesticide residues in a commodity which exceed the relevant maximum residue limit (MRLs). The program provides industry-driven self-regulation which helps to manage the responsible use of pesticides. All residue testing results are assessed against MRLs stipulated in the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code (Standard 1.4.2 – Schedule 20 and 21).
  • Microbial levels in a commodity which exceed the relevant maximum limits as determined by various food safety bodies.
  • Traces of heavy metals in a commodity which exceed the relevant maximum limit stipulated in the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code (Standard 1.4.1 – Schedule 19).

The MRLs are adopted into State/Territory Food Codes and appropriate regulations administered by respective state/territory food authorities.
These food safety standards place obligations on a range of operations to produce food that is safe and suitable to eat. Food safety systems utilise FreshTest® to verify that fresh produce is free from any food safety hazards for example chemical residue.

In the case of an MRL exceedance, FreshTest® requests a report on the causes of the incident and proposed corrective actions to be implemented to prevent a recurrence. Investigations have identified areas to support industry such as adherence to the chemical product label, withholding periods, spray drift and possible off-label use.

The screens were developed and regularly reviewed based on assessment of:

  • Previous results and produce coverage
  • Availability of suitable sampling and analytical methods
  • Likelihood of residues occurring in produce
  • Pesticides registered for use
  • Advice from agronomists
  • Consultation and coordination with National Residue Survey

Alternately Contact your local provider


Contact Person: Sue Zacherl
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 02 9764 3244
Fax: 02 9764 2776

South Australia

Contact Person: Belinda
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 08-8260 3866
Fax: 08-8260 7789


Contact Person: Amanda
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07-3915 4240
Fax: 07-3915 4224

Western Australia

Contact Person: Inci
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 08-9455 2742
Fax: 08-9455 4923

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