Managing residue risks in beef from endosulfan and other agricultural chemicals

07-Oct-2009

SAFEMEAT has asked beef producers to be vigilant in ensuring cattle are not exposed to residues of endosulfan or other crop chemicals and that the National Vendor Declaration (NVD) is always accurately completed when selling cattle. 

SAFEMEAT Chairman Jack Ware said it was timely to remind producers of the importance of NVDs on the eve of the 2009/10 Endosulfan testing program, which commenced on 1 October.

“All livestock producers must accurately complete vendor declarations, as NVDs have a critical role in protecting our markets and safeguarding our reputation as a supplier of safe, quality red meat,” Mr Ware said.

“It is particularly important for producers to pay close attention to question seven on the cattle NVD during the endosulfan spraying season.

“Due to past detections of endosulfan in beef originating from other countries there are still sensitivities in the some beef markets that Australia exports to.”

In addition to normal random testing for endosulfan, targeted testing will be directed by the answers given to question seven on the NVD that relates to the risks of chemical residues in animal feeds.

Use of endosulfan will be monitored and background testing may be implemented in specific regions if increased pest pressure results in higher than expected endosulfan use.

Producers who want more information should contact the Queensland Farmer’s Federation or AgForce in Queensland, the NSW Farmers’ Association in NSW or district veterinarians in both states.

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