CODEX Alimentarius Overview
The Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) is a subsidiary body of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) that advises on all matters related to pesticide residues. Its primary objective is to develop Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs), in order to protect the health of the consumer while facilitating international trade. Before the EPA can register a pesticide that is used on raw agricultural products, it must establish a tolerance (MRL) or exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. A tolerance (MRL) is established to account for the highest pesticide residue level that is expected based on pesticide applications, made in accordance with the use directions listed on the registered product label. One of the primary functions of a tolerance (MRL) is an enforcement to ensure compliance with the registered label.