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MINISTER FOR

SYATEM ANT

AUSTTAL PRIMARY ! N D U S . -T, ., -

PESTICIDE RESIDUES IN FOOD DE CREASING

Pesticide residues in food -produced in Australia were

decreasing, the Minister for Primary Industry, Mr. Anthony,

said today.

This was happeni g despite increasing use of chemicals

in agriculture, he said.

Opening the national convention in Canberra of the

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Association, Mr. Anthony

said there was a time, ten years or more ago, when pesticide

residues in some food commodities were comparatively high,

"But that was before sensitive analytical techniques were

available and before we had the skilled analysts to carry out

the necessary studies," he said

t$Once the problem was revealed by the combined efforts of State and Commonwealth authorities, action was taken to modify

the agricultural practices which were the cause of the high

residues.

"The co-opera-i,ion of the chemical industry and excellent

extension work by Departments of Agriculturerapidly reduced

residues to acceptable Jewels

"Gradually over the years residue levels have continued to decrease in spite of increasing use of chemicals,.

"Manufacturers too have played an :important part in this

achi ement

"All that is really necessary to ensure safe and effective

use of chemicals and. freedc,n from unacceptable residues is that

farmers follow the directions : cr use "

Mr. Anthony said State and Commonwealth authorities would

continue to press users to adopt practices which reduced residues

to the lowest possible levels consistent with effective pest control°

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„ So far as I am aware, with the exception of New Zealand., Australia is the only country which has systematically examined

all its foods exports to ensure freedom from unacceptable

residues, he said.

"This policy has paid off, and Australian produce is

accepted in the most critical markets, and in countries with

high residue—tolerance standards.,'

CANBERRA

26th October, 1970