Most people know that pesticides protect growing crops from being eaten by insects. But did you know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors most of the food supply for traces of the more than 450 pesticide chemicals approved for use in the United States?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets safety levels for pesticides, But FDA monitors these levels for all foods except for meat and poultry products. About 75% of the foods FDA monitors are fruits and vegetables.
This webinar will explain how FDA’s monitoring program helps protect the consumer from traces of harmful pesticides in many of the foods we eat. An opportunity to ask questions will follow the presentation.
When: Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. ET
Length: 30 minutes
Where: To join the Webinar, see the instructions at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm316688.htm (or copy and paste the URL into your internet browser). Webinar slides are also posted here.
Host: FDA’s Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response
Featured speaker: Captain Young H. Lee, Ph.D., U.S. Public Health Service. Lee is the Office of Food Safety’s liaison to the pesticide monitoring program at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).
This webinar is part of a series of online sessions hosted by different FDA centers and offices. The series is part of FDA Basics, a Web-based resource aimed at helping the public better understand how the agency protects the health of the American public.
Posted August 29, 2012