Under Section 10 of the National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992 (the NRS Act), the minister is required to provide an annual report to Parliament, setting out details of the operation of the NRS Special Account. This section provides the report for the period from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, including key financial information.
The National Residue Survey (NRS) monitors residues of pesticides, veterinary medicines and environmental contaminants in Australian food commodities. This monitoring is fully industry-funded, principally through levies on the commodities that are tested.
The NRS tests animal commodities including cattle, sheep, pigs, camels, deer, goats, horses, kangaroos, poultry (for example, chickens, ducks and turkeys), ratites (emus and ostriches), wild boars, honey, eggs and aquatic species (both aquaculture and wild-caught seafood).
In horticulture, the almond, apple, macadamia and pear industries participated in NRS testing in 2019–20.
The NRS grains program covers:
- cereals (wheat, barley, oat, maize, sorghum and triticale)
- pulses (chickpea, cow pea, pigeon pea, field pea, faba bean, lentil, vetch, navy bean, mung bean and lupin)
- oilseeds (canola, sunflower, soybean, safflower and linseed).
Table 42 National Residue Survey – summary of results for all random monitoring programs, 2019–20
Total number of samples
Compliance with relevant Australian standards (%) a
Animal products (42 different products sampled)
Meat, eggs, honey and aquatic species
Plant products (25 different products sampled)
Grains and horticulture