Interest is growing among speciality crop organizations and growers across America regarding the value and usefulness of the International Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) Database.
This database was recently updated as part of a public-private partnership between CropLife America and the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.
With the expanded MRL database now online and operational (www.mrldatabase.com
), officials at CLA and USDA are already looking to improve both the content and user awareness of the service.
These upgrades include features growers and exporters can use to download information directly from the web site to a spreadsheet on their desktops and a system that automatically extends e-mail updates to the growers, based on recent changes to the database.
The site is free to the public. It provides users a searchable catalog of international maximum pesticide residue tolerances, organized by active ingredient, pesticide type, crop commodity group, and/or importing country.
The database allows users to search for 350 fruit and vegetables and nut commodities and 272 pesticides.