Pesticide maximum residue levels for cherries
The Northwest Horticultural Council has developed an international comparison of pesticide maximum residue levels for cherries.
The Northwest Horticultural Council has developed an international comparison of pesticide maximum residue levels to help the U.S. cherry industry avoid pesticide residue issues when exporting fruit. Several countries have not yet set maximum residue levels for new pesticides registered in the United States, and if residues are detected during import testing, product can be rejected. To see the differences between U.S. pesticide tolerances and those of other countries, view the Hort Council’s comparisons of pesticide maximum residue levels for cherries.
During the 2009 season, 11 containers of apples and 3 cherry shipments were rejected by Taiwan when residues of crop protection chemicals approved in the U.S. but not approved by Taiwan were detected.
For background information about pesticide residues in international markets, please read a guest column by the Horticultural Council’s Dr. Michael Willett that appeared in the March 1, 2010 issue of the Good Fruit Grower (www.goodfruit.com/Good-Fruit-Grower/March-1st-2010/Pesticide-residues-in-international-markets/index.php.) Additional information on maximum residue levels of other crops can be found on the Hort Council’s Web Site by searching individual countries under the Export Manual page: http://www.nwhort.org/ExportManual.html .