Japanese Positive List

The Positive List of Maximum Residue Limits for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals is implemented under the Japanese Food Sanitation Law.

The Japanese Ministry of Heath, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) revised the Food Sanitation Law by developing a ‘Positive List’ of Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) for Agricultural and Veterinary chemicals which came into effect on 29 May 2006.  By establishing a system to prohibit the distribution of foods that contain chemical residues over a certain level, the food law amendment provides a substantive measure to protect public health.

The Australian dairy industry is subject to a range of government and industry control measures that apply across the supply chain, to ensure that Australian dairy products maintain their deserved high reputation as safe and wholesome.  A positive list system has operated in Australia for many years, and the Australian dairy industry has consistently demonstrated compliance.

The documents on the right hand side of this page:

  • provide an analysis of the Japanese positive list by describing the registration status, permitted uses, controls and residue monitoring (if applicable) in Australia for each of the chemicals on the Positive List; and
  • describe the national residue control systems in Australia that apply to the manufacture of dairy products.