23 April 2021
WA farmers produce safe food by keeping their products free of harmful residues.
So what is a residue?
A residue is what remains of a chemical or heavy metal (for example, lead, arsenic, cadmium) inside a plant at a point in time.
If WA grains, fruit and vegetables were found to contain harmful residues, we could lose access to important markets and jeopardise the health of our people, our animals and our environment.
Nobody wants that, especially our famers.
WA has laws to manage harmful residues in crops. These laws safeguard the public and market access by helping to ensure crops are not supplied if they contain residues in excess of the maximum residue limit (MRL) for chemicals or heavy metals.
Farmers can manage residue risks by following the label or permit directions, adopting responsible farming spraying practices and keeping accurate records.
So rest assured, when buying WA produce you are enjoying some of the safest in the world.
And that is why you should always seek out WA grown produce first and foremost.
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