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Singapore: New limits on ractopamine residues

Singapore has announced the establishment of new veterinary drug Minimum Residue Limits (MRLs), including for ractopamine in pigs. The new Singapore MRL for liver is 0.04 mg/kg. Previously there was no MRL set for ractopamine in Singapore for pigs. The announcement provides more clarity and certainty for exporters around what Singapore’s requirements are. The change will apply from 1 May 2020.

APL has discussed this development with the Department of Agriculture, Water, and Environment’s National Residue Survey (NRS) team. NRS does not anticipate the new requirements will be a problem for Australian exporters, noting a very small number of detections exceeding the limit over the last ten years. Still, exporters should remain vigilant to ensure they are compliant with the new measures.

More information on this and other changes to Singapore’s MRLs can be found on the Singapore Food Agency website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact APL’s Andrew Robertson at or on (02) 6270 8888.

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