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Pesticide Residue Monitoring 1998 Report and Data

March, 1999

Welcome to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pesticide Monitoring Database for Fiscal Year 1998. Files must be downloaded for further use. No online search capability is available for these files. 

A report based on the information in this database is also available.

The following downloadable data files represent the 8,594 samples from over 90 countries that were analyzed under the regulatory monitoring component of FDA pesticide programs for Fiscal Year 1998. (No data from the Incidence/Level Monitoring or Total Diet Study are included.) 3,625 of the samples were of domestic origin, and 4,969 were imports.

File NameDecompresses toSize of final file
# of records
File Definition
41KB compressed
PROD1998.TXT159 KB;
1,843 records
1998 summary file by country/sample flag/food product combination (without regard to pesticide)
224KB compressed
CHEM1998.TXT2.44 MB;
38,737 records
1998 summary file by country/sample flag/pesticide combination (without regard to product)
420KB compressed
US1998.TXT7.70 MB;
61,391 records
1998 detailed data by country/sample flag/food product/pesticide combination, all domestic products*
677KB compressed
IMFR1998.TXT12.7 MB;
106,572 records
1998 detailed data by country/sample flag/food product/pesticide combination, imported fruits and nuts*
802KB compressed
IMVE1998.TXT15.6 MB;
125,115 records
1998 detailed data by country/sample flag/food product/pesticide combination, imported vegetables and spices*
260KB compressed
IMOT1998.TXT5.02 MB;
41,133 records
1998 detailed data by country/sample flag/food product/pesticide combination, all other imported food products*

*These four summary data files may be combined into a single database or used separately. 

Analytical Data File
447KB compressed
SMPL1998.TXT5.84 MB;
34,899 records
1998 analytical data for each individual sample, as entered by FDA field chemists
Files of Additional Information
70KB compressed
METH1998.TXT348 KB;
13,822 records
1998 list of pesticides covered by analytical methods used by FDA
95KB compressed
ReadMe.txt, Country.txt, Chemical.txt, Extncode.txt, Detncode.txt, Prodcode.txt430 KBReadMe explains the other files, which provide, respectively, additional information about: countries (of origin of samples), chemical names of residues, analytical extraction methods, analytical determinative methods, and product codes of samples.

NOTE: This year all of the data files are provided in a tab-delimited text format. In previous years the summary data files, search program and report formats were in dBase III+. This change in providing the data as tab-delimited text files allows the data user to import the data files into their own database or spreadsheet software program. However, the search and report formats as provided in previous years are no longer supported and the user of the data files must now develop his/her own search and report programs. The sizes of compressed and expanded files are approximate and are provided so the user can estimate download times and disk space requirements.

Information on the structure and content of the data files are described in the User's Manual. 


To report access problems, contact Fred Fry,

To comment on the Pesticide Monitoring Database content or request further information, contact Ronald Roy,

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