Victorian Navel Oranges Fresh, clean, safe and coming your way! Victoria's Murray Valley V ictorian Export Navel Production region is one of Australia's Victoria is Australia's largest exporter of navel oranges by volume. Navel orange exports account for nearly a quarter of Victoria's fresh fruit exports with the largest producer of navel majority destined for the quality conscious export markets. The value of navels oranges. Farmers from this exported from Victoria has been steadily increasing over the past decade, and in region have always known 2001/02 was worth over A$50 million1. that their sunny, clean climate The Victorian Government produces some of the best has been working with the Murray Valley Citrus Board quality fruit in the world and to demonstrate and protect are proud of their reputation Victoria's reputation for for quality. Recently, a clean fruit. rigorous scientific study has tested thousands of oranges as part of the largest residue Graph 1: Victorian navel exports (tonnes) as a percentage of Australia's total volume2 monitoring survey ever Graph 2. Value of Victorian Navel exports 1997 - 20013 conducted on Australian Over the 2002 navel oranges. The results are great harvest, scientists with the news for those who enjoy Department of Natural Resources and Environment eating Victorian navels and conducted a rigorous prove that Victoria's navel chemical residue monitoring industry can promote clean program with the aim of fruit with confidence. verifying claims of clean food production. Hundreds of navel fruit samples (involving more than 9,000 oranges) were tested throughout the season for potential pesticide contamination through a statistically valid, random sampling program. A program of this size is internationally recognised as the required standard in order to make statistically valid conclusions on the incidence of pesticide residues within a food group. Navel Monitoring Results The program found that 100% of export-ready navels met national standards for residues on citrus. All navel samples taken from export packing sheds, conformed to the strict standards for pesticide residues (known as Maximum Residue Limits or MRLs) which are set by the national food safety authority, Food Standards Australian and New Zealand (FSANZ). 1 Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), year 2001/02. Information is based on statistics compiled from the information submitted by exporters, and their agents, to the Australian Customs Office. 2 ABS 3 ABS Over the 2002 harvest season a statistically valid, Tr ust in every bite! random sampling program was conducted on Victorian In a global market where consumers are increasingly navels bound for export to markets around the world. seeking evidence of clean production systems, it is reassuring to know that consumers can trust Victorian Comprehensive navels to comply with standards for clean fruit production. Residue Monitoring The navel monitoring survey The Victorian government, together with the Murray Valley was conducted in two navel orange industr y, is committed to validating claims parts. The first part of the made about the quality of Victorian fruit, with solid program involved 73,000 scientific data that proves our fruit is clean; and working chemical tests on with this industry to manage any potential risks to quality. approximately 500 samples While we are confident that the fresh, juicy taste of that were taken directly Victorian navels makes them good enough to sell to the from hundreds of growers rest of the world, the additional evidence from these in the Murray Valley region. surveys adds strength to the claims of top quality fruit. The grower samples were tested for a range of chemicals Now, consumers of Victorian navel oranges around the which may have been used in the production of fruit4. world can continue to enjoy this natural food, trusting that Although not all of these chemicals are used routinely the fruit is clean and safe. throughout the navel growing season, some growers may use chemicals to control pests and diseases, and to maintain product quality. Overall, less than 1% of the samples from Victorian growers contained residues above the domestic MRL standards and in fact, 95% of V ictorian samples recorded no residues at all in the produce. This is a great result, as these samples were tested prior to being washed as part of the normal packing shed process, with the aim of identifying any potential risks for future management by the citrus industry. In the second part of the program, more than 100 samples of export-ready navels were taken from the dispatch section of 23 export certified packing sheds. These samples were tested for residues of post-harvest and farm chemicals 5 as well as for indications of possible For further information on the NRE Survey of Victorian Navel oranges contamination from various microbes 6. It was ver y please contact: Ruth McGowan, pleasing to find that results completely complied with all State Coordinator, Horticultural Residue Management, Australian standards for residues in produce. The NRE +(613) 56 24 2222, fx: (613) 56 24 2200, microbial testing also did not reveal any significant areas email: email@example.com of concern. These results confirm that Quality Assurance programs in packing sheds are effectively addressing potential pesticide and biological contaminants. This publication may be of assistance to you but the State of Victoria and its employees do not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate for your particular purposes and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from you relying on any information in this publication. Support for this program was provided by the Victorian Government's Naturally Victoria Initiative. Significant funding was also contributed by the Murray Valley Citrus Board, Mildura. 4 All samples from Victorian growers were tested for: 36 Organophosphate compounds, 16 organochlorines, 10 synthetic pyrethoids, 21 fungicides, 4 carbamates, 9 herbicides, 8 Dithiocarbamates, as well as for Buprofezin, Paclobutrazol, Piperonyl Butoxide, Propargite, Tebufenpyrad, Tetradifon and carbendazim, 5 The chemicals tested for as part of the packing shed survey were: Azinphos-Methyl, Carbaryl, Carbendazim, Chlorpyrifos, Chlorothalonil, Dimethoate, Diphenylamine, Endosulfan analytes, Fenthion, Imazalil, Malathion, Methidathion, Parathion-Ethyl, Parathion-Methyl, Pirimicarb, Procymidone, Propiconazole and Thiabendazole 6 Microbial contamination was assessed by testing for: E.Coli, Salmonella and Total Plate Count.
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