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FDA Report Indicates Compliance with Pesticide Levels
USAgNet - 08/15/2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its annual Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program Report for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020) that summarizes the testing of FDA-regulated foods for pesticide residues, with results showing the vast majority of samples being in compliance with pesticide tolerances established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The report indicates FDA tested 2,078 human foods and 102 animal foods during the time period of Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020 for approximately 750 different pesticides and selected industrial compounds. The number of samples obtained and tested during FY 2020 was approximately 50 percent fewer than FY 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In FY 2020, FDA found that 96.8 percent of domestic and 88.4 percent of import human foods were compliant with pesticide tolerances set by EPA. No pesticide residues were found in 40.8 percent of the domestic samples and 48.4 percent of the import samples. For animal food, the agency found that 100 percent of domestic and 96.8 percent of import animal food samples were compliant with pesticide tolerances. No pesticide residues were found in 30.0 percent of the domestic and 48.4 percent of the import animal food samples.

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