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The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Food) Regulations 1988

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Regulation 3(a)


Group to which food belongsFoodPesticides
Aldrin & DeldrinCaptafolCarbarylCarbon DisulphideCarbon TetrachlorideChlordaneDDTDiazinon1,2-DibromoethaneDichlorvosEndosulfanEndrinHexachlorobenzene (HCB)Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH)HeptachlorHydrogen CyanideHydrogen PhosphideInorganic BromideMalathionMethyl BromidePhosphamidonPyrethrinsTrichlorfon


Maximum residue levels (MRLs) are expressed in milligrammes of residue per kilogramme of food.


* Level at or above the limit of determination.



Paddy rice.


“Other cereals” do not include rice.


Levels are measured on fat, except in the case of foods with a fat content of 10% or less by weight. In these cases the residue is related to the total weight of the boned foodstuff, and the MRL is one tenth of the value given in the table, but must be no less than 0.01 mg/kg.


These levels are for fresh raw cow’s milk and fresh whole cream cow’s milk expressed on the whole milk.


For preserved, concentrated or sweetened cow’s milk, for raw milk and whole cream milk of another animal origin; and for butter, cheese or curd whether made from cow’s milk or other milk or a combination, the following levels apply:

  • if the fat content is less than2% by weight, the MRL is taken as half that set for raw milk and whole cream milk;

  • if the fat content is 2% or more by weight the MRL is expressed in mg/kg of fat and is set at 2.5 times that set for raw milk and whole cream milk.


Sheepmeat only.


All meat except sheepmeat.

CerealsWheat0.010.05a0. of α and β0.10.01150.15080.10.0530.1
Rye0.010.05a0. of α and β0.10.01150.15080.10.0530.1
Barley0.010.05a0. of α and β0.10.01150.15080.10.0530.1
Oats0.010.05a0. of α and β0.10.01150.15080.10.0530.1
Maize0.010.05a0. of α and β0.10.01150.15080.10.0530.1
Rice10.010.05a10. of α and β0.10.01150.15080.10.0530.1
Other Cereals20.010.05a0. of α and β0.10.01150.15080.10.0530.1
Products of Animal OriginMeat, Fat and Preparations of Meat30.20.0510., 170.2
Dairy Produce5 (>2% Fat)0.150.0510.

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