Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a guidance document titled Questions and Answers Regarding Channels of Trade Policy for Human Food Commodities with Chlorpyrifos Residues: Guidance for Industry. The guidance is intended to help food producers and processors who handle foods that may contain residues of the pesticide chemical chlorpyrifos. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule on August 30, 2021, revoking all tolerances for chlorpyrifos; these tolerances are set to expire on February 28, 2022.

Sonia Salas

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.

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