FDA slammed for upping pesticide limit at manufacturer’s request

The China Post
Date: March 24, 2017
By: Sun Hsin Hsuan

Lawmakers lambasted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday for increasing the maximum allowable level of pesticide residue in agricultural goods after being lobbied by a manufacturer of the product.

The FDA released on Wednesday last week the amended version of the Standards for Pesticide Residue Limits in Foods (農藥殘留容許標準), which revises upward the legal amount of residue of 22 pesticides in 128 fruits and vegetables.

The most criticized of the changes have been the relaxing of limits for fluopyram and dimethomorph, pesticides often used in the growing of tea and vegetables.

The ceiling for fluopyram was raised to 6 ppm for tea products, whereas that for dimethomorph was increased to 10 ppm for cabbage and other vegetables.

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