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Pesticides

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for enforcing tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for amounts of pesticide residues that may legally remain on food (including animal feed). FDA manages that task through multiple programs and strategies. In its regulatory pesticide residue monitoring program, FDA selectively tests a broad range of imported and domestic commodities for approximately 700 pesticide residues. FDA also conducts focused sampling surveys for specific commodities or selected pesticide chemical residues of special interest. Additionally, in the Total Diet Study (TDS), FDA monitors the levels of pesticide chemical residues in foods that have been prepared for consumption and represent the average U.S. diet.

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