Pesticide Data Program Releases Annual Summary Confirms 99% of Foods Have Pesticide Residues Below EPA Standards

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The Pesticide Data Program’s (PDP) 2016 Annual Summary is now available. USDA AMS conducts this program each year to collect data on pesticide residues in food. The PDP tests a wide variety of domestic and imported foods, with a strong focus on foods that are consumed by infants and children.

The PDP annual summary provides reliable data to help assure consumers that the food they feed themselves and their families is safe. This report shows that when pesticide residues are found on foods, they are nearly always at levels below the tolerances set by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The PDP testing methods detect the lowest possible levels of pesticide residues, including levels below the EPA established tolerances.

Again this year, the PDP results shows that the U.S. food supply is one of the safest in the world.

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