In its annual Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program Report for FY 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shared that the  levels of pesticide residues in the U.S. food supply are generally in compliance with established standards, as they have over the past eight years.

The FDA tested for 812 pesticides and industrial chemicals across 4,692 samples, including domestic and imported fruits and vegetables The majority had pesticide residues below the limits set by the U.S. Environmental Production Agency.

Sonia Salas
 
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is conducting public webinars to collect input on the design and development of a statewide system to provide notification in advance of pesticide applications. 
 
WHEN:
• Tuesday, November 2, 2021, from 9-11:30 a.m. in English -- with Spanish translation available
• Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 5:30-8 p.m. in Spanish -- with English translation available 
 
ACCESS:
Matthew Allen

Due to recent Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) violations on export shipments of various fresh produce commodities, Western Growers reminds its members that while the United States may have established tolerances on a particular crop protection compound other countries’ threshold limits may be lower or non-established.

MRL violations can trigger enhanced surveillance or test-and-hold protocols on perishable exports – not just on the individual shipper but sometimes on the entire exporting sector.

The black fig fly (BFF), an invasive insect typically found in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, was recently discovered infesting figs in multiple counties in southern California. The BFF has been detected in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura.

The BFF only attacks figs and prefers unripe and unfertilized fruits. The movement of figs from these counties is not recommended, as it may lead to additional artificial spread of BFF to other areas of the state.

De Ann Davis

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Western Growers is engaged in the defense of critical crop protection tools and remains active at the federal, state and local levels.  When restrictions are necessary, we work with regulators to ensure they are based on science and that they protect public health without diminishing efficacy in the field. This marriage of science and policy is where Advocacy and Science & Technology units at Western Growers come together for the benefit of our members.

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