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The National Working Party on Grain Protection (NWPGP) is the body responsible for providing management and leadership to industry in the areas of post-harvest grain storage and hygiene, chemical use, outturn tolerances, international and domestic market requirements and chemical regulations.
GTA support the NWPGP through the provision of Secretariet services to their Strategic Working Group and coordination of their annual meeting - The Australian Grain Storage & Protection Conference
One of the key output of the NWPGP annually is the Chemical Usage & Outturn Tolerances Document developed with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
The document outlines permitted chemicals for use post-harvest and applicable Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) for grain outturned to the Australian domestic or export markets. The MRLs apply for grain outturned during the 2015/16 season. Industry is encouraged to familiarise themselves with this document to ensure Australian grain continues to comply with market requirements for chemical residues.
The National Residue Survey (NRS) is a vital part of the Australian system for managing the risk of chemical residues and environmental contaminants in Australian food products. The NRS supports Australia’s food industry and primary producers by facilitating access to key export markets and confirming Australia’s status as a producer of clean food. NRS programs encourage good agricultural practices, help to identify potential problems and indicate where follow-up action is needed.
Particpation in the NRS in mandatory for GTA Members as is outlined in the Australian Grain Industry Code of Practice.
NRS results and publications are produced annually, including both export and domestic grains.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) is the international food standards setting body recognised by the World Trade Agreements on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) as being the reference point for food standards applied in international trade with the objectives of protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade.
Codex publishes a pesticide database - to search for the Maximum Residue Limits (MRL's) of pesticides in food and feed
GTA works closely with the Dept. Agriculture & Water Resources (Biosecurity) and the NWPGP on Codex related issues and provides submissions on a range of food safety, quarantine and trade related issues on behalf of members as and when key issues and opportunities arise.