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- PE COFFEEHAUS
“EPA's groundbreaking effort is being welcomed at dinner tables across the nation,” said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. “The Bush Administration is ensuring pesticides used to grow the fruits, vegetables and other foods families are serving meet the highest protective standards in the world. This 10-year review enables farmers to grow a bountiful, healthy food supply for generations of American families.”
In 1996, Congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act, a part of which required the EPA to complete a review and reassessment of the tolerances (maximum permitted residues) for all food use pesticides within 10 years.
The decade-long review covered 1,100 of the 1,105 pesticides used in the U.S. The uses of lindane were not studied as manufactures are discontinuing their application of this material.
The chemical aldicarb remains to be completed this fall. When aldicarb is complete, the agency will be able to conclude the cumulative assessments for carbamates (aldicarb, formetanate, carbofuran, oxamyl and carbaryl) and complete the reassessment of the remaining tolerances.
For more information, visit www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/laws/fqpa/fqpa_accomplishments.htm or www.epa.gov/pesticides.