pesticides

Less Than Two Percent of Food Violates Pesticide Residue Standards

Dan Field Crops, Industry News Release

pesticidesEvery year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tests food for pesticide residues that violate the limits allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The FDA enforces those standards in both domestically-produced food as well as imported food.

As late as the fiscal year 2015, the FDA found that most foods were well within the allowable standards, with domestic food outperforming imported food.

The FDA analyzed 6,000 samples of food, with quite a bit more of the samples from imported foods because they typically have higher residues than domestic foods do. The foods came from 111 countries and 39 states, as well as Washington D.C. and U.S. territories. More than 98 percent of domestic foods and 90 percent of imported foods were compliant. 50 percent of domestic foods and 57 percent of imported foods had zero pesticide residue.

That means less than two percent of domestic food and 10 percent of imported food violated EPA standards.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.