Australian macadamia industry continues streak of perfect scores in National Residue Survey

Macadamia nuts in their green husks growing on a macadamia tree

The 2022-23 National Residue Survey (NRS) results are in, and we’re proud to report that the Australian macadamia industry has once again been awarded 100% compliance.

The results mark the 26th consecutive year of perfect scores and as noted in the official report, confirm that ‘Australian macadamia producers continue to demonstrate a high degree of good agricultural practice.’ It’s a record that remains unmatched by any other Australian fresh product.

What is the NRS?

The NRS is part of Australia’s pesticide and veterinary medicine residue management framework and operates within the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. It monitors the levels and risks of these residues in Australian food products, supports Australia’s primary producers and food processors to meet both Australian and international standards, and helps facilitate ongoing access to domestic and export markets.

The macadamia residue monitoring program is a cooperative effort between the National Residue Survey, the Australian Macadamia Society and macadamia processors. These latest results were obtained from a total of 112 macadamia samples that were collected for analysis from processing plants in northern New South Wales and Queensland.

Macadamia nuts in their shells being sorted in a processing facility

The samples were screen for a range of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and environmental contaminants, with the results compared with Australian and international standards.

According to the report, the results “highlight excellent compliance with Australian standards and demonstrate the strong commitment of the macadamia industry to good agricultural practices. The excellent compliance rates help maintain the reputation and integrity of Australian macadamia nuts in international and domestic markets.”

Why these results matter

The NRS results form one of the pillars of the Australian macadamia industry’s commitment to sustainable macadamia production. Our growers believe the actions they take on-farm today must benefit the environment and people in the future.

In today’s marketplace, discerning consumers place a strong emphasis on their food choices, demanding transparency, quality, and sustainability from brands. For manufacturers keen to meet these expectations, ingredient selection has never been more critical.

A woman holding a macadamia nut in one hand and a small bowl of macadamia nuts in the other.

Australian grown macadamias deliver on taste, texture, indulgence and health, and these NRS results underscore the consistency, reliability and commitment to excellence embedded in the practices of our growers and processors.

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