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Important notice of immediate changes for canola treated with haloxyfop

Information sheet (link to full statement below)

Australian canola growers and farm advisors are notified that the European Union (EU) has announced it intends to reduce the maximum residue limit (MRL) for haloxyfop.

To meet this changing MRL, this means 2023/24 canola treated with haloxyfop should not be delivered or received into the Australian grain handling system for canola segregations (grades) destined for export. This change is necessary as, if delivered, it will jeopardise market access to the EU for Australian canola. This applies to canola received in the 2023/24 season.

Whilst haloxyfop remains a legally registered product in Australia, any future use on canola, given the impending change in the EU MRL, will result in a residue detection above the new EU MRL. To maintain access into the EU market, Australian canola growers are advised of the need to use alternative weed control options for the 2023 season crop, and in future cropping programs. Potential alternatives are listed in this notice, below.

Australian canola is highly sought after in overseas export markets. To maintain our strong trading reputation and ensure continued market access, it is critical that exported canola meets import country MRLs.

This information sheet provides background on the EU’s decision, to be proactive and help inform growers and industry about these important changes.

Information on this notice has been generated and supported by the Australian Oilseeds Federation, Grains Australia, Grains Research and Development Corporation, Grain Trade Australia, the National Working Party on Grain Protection, Grain Producers Australia and GrainGrowers Limited.

Key points:

1. Growers are advised to not use haloxyfop on canola from the 2023/24 season for export.

2. The EU has indicated it will reduce its MRL for haloxyfop on canola from 0.2mg/kg to 0.005mg/kg. While no specific timeframe can be provided, the Australian industry expects this change to be announced in 2023.

3. Applying haloxyfop to canola according to current Australian label directions would create residues above the expected new EU MRL.

4. If haloxyfop is used, the post-harvest supply chain cannot mitigate the risk of any residues arising being present on canola above the expected new EU MRL. That is why growers and others are being advised that canola from the 2023/24 season treated with haloxyfop should not be delivered or received into the canola export segregations in the Australian grain handling system.

5. This decision is only for the use of haloxyfop on canola and applies to both GM and non-GM canola for export

6. Consideration will need to be made for any canola treated with haloxyfop from the 2022/23 or prior season that is already held on farm in storage – growers will need to speak with their respective grain traders for specific advice. The post-harvest supply chain will also need to review any stocks already held in their storages.

Full statement below.

Haloxyfop on Canola Industry Release Apr23_Industry information sheet_FINAL
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