Most countries have established Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for pesticides used in the control of pest and diseases on agricultural produce.  These MRL’s safeguard consumer health and minimizes the presence of pesticide residues in the environment.

As a condition of market access imported products must comply with local residue standards.

South African LOCAL MRL’s 

Please follow the links below to the relevant legislation as published on the National Department of Health’s website:

South African MRL lists

Please follow the links below to the relevant MRL lists as published on the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ website:

[Go to: Divisions/ Food Safety and Quality Assurance/ Maximum residue limits (MRL's)]

 Agronomy products 


 Pineapples (Updated: December 2011)
 Stone fruit (Peaches and nectarines, plums and prunes, apricots and cherries – Updated: November 2011)
 Cactus pears (Updated: December 2011)
 Kiwi Fruit (Updated: December 2011)
 Bananas (Updated: September 2010)
 Papayas (Updated: November 2009)
 Granadillas (Updated: December 2011)
 Apples (Updated: November 2011)
 Avocado’s (Updated: November 2009) 
 Table Grapes (Updated: November 2011) 
 Litchi’s (Updated: November 2009) 
 Mango’s (Updated: November 2009) 
 Citrus (Updated: July 2011) 
 Pears (Updated: November 2011)
 Guavas (Updated: December 2011)