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South Korea issued a partial revision list of the Codex Alimentarius, added and revised the limit standards for 109 pesticide residues including biguanide octylamine

On December 29, 2021, the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) issued Notice No. 2021-97, revised some of the contents of the Codex Alimentarius, the main contents are as follows:

1. Added and revised limits for 109 pesticide residues including biguanide.

2. Added new test methods for pesticides in agricultural products.

3. Deleted the tentative residue limit standards for 286 pesticides including biguanide.

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Australia revised maximum residue limits for certain biotoxins in bivalve mollusc products

On December 23, 2021, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand issued Circular No. 184-21 to revise the maximum residue limit of diarrhetic (DST) in bivalve mollusk products from 0.20mg/kg to 0.16mg /kg, the maximum residue limit of paralytic shellfishtoxins (PST) was revised from 0.6mg/kg (calculated as saxifrage toxin) to 0.8mg/kg (calculated as saxifrage toxin hydrochloride).

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U.S. revised the residue limits of fluoxafen in some products

According to the U.S. Federal Register, on December 23, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued Regulation No. 2021-27602 to revise the residue limits of Bicyclopyrone in some products.

The EPA conducted a risk assessment on its toxicity, dietary exposure, and effects on infants and young children, and finally concluded that the following residue limits are safe.

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U.S. CDC investigates Listeria linked to packaged salads

On December 23, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Notice of Investigation of Listeria Outbreaks Associated with Packaged Salads. The CDC is currently investigating two separate Listeria outbreaks, both related to Packaging salad related.

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Australia and New Zealand intends to revise marine biotoxin standards for bivalve molluscs

According to the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) news, on December 23, 2021, the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand issued notice No. 184-21, of which the application No. A1243 intends to revise the marine biotoxin standard for bivalve molluscs.

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Japan removes inspection order for total aflatoxins in Chinese sorghum

Based on the current import inspection results, the total aflatoxin in sorghum produced in China meets the conditions for removing the inspection order in the Imported Food Surveillance Guidance Plan based on Article 23 of the Food Sanitation Law, so its relevant content is now removed from the inspection order list.

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EU publishes revised draft on maximum limits for mercury in fish products and salt

On December 13, 2021, the European Union issued notification G/SPS/N/EU/526 through the WTO, and the European Commission, the Directorate General of Health and Food Safety issued a revised Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006 on fish products and salt. Draft maximum limits for mercury.

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Excessive aflatoxin, Russia’s export of crisp peanut candy was notified

According to the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), on December 21, 2021, Latvia notified Russia through RASFF that the export of crisp peanut candy to Russia exceeded the standard aflatoxin.

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Japan revises the Substance Experiment Law on Residual Pesticides, Feed Additives or Veterinary Drug Components in Foods

In the “Substance Test Method for Residual Pesticides, Feed Additives or Veterinary Drug Components in Food”, the crystal violet test method is abolished, the bright green test method is modified, and the methylene blue test method is added (the scope of application are all animal products and aquatic products).

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