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.
- Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program
- Total Diet Study
- Questions and Answers on the Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program
- Questions and Answers on Glyphosate
Other Government Sources of Information
- Guidance for Industry: Channels of Trade Policy for Commodities With Residues of Pesticide Chemicals, for Which Tolerances Have Been Revoked, Suspended, or Modified by the Environmental Protection Agency - Final Guidance
- All Chemical Contaminants, Metals, Natural Toxins, and Pesticides Guidance