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Other Federal Agencies Regulating Pesticides

Although the EPA determines the amount of pesticide residue allowed on foods and establishes the enforceable tolerances, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and state agencies all work together to monitor food residues and enforce the tolerance limits. The FDA tests food produced in this country and foods imported from other countries, with the exception of meat and milk, which are tested by the USDA. For details on the amounts of pesticide residue found on foods, see our Food Safety page or the USDA Pesticide Data Program reports. The USDA also oversees the National Organic Program, which regulates organic food production. Other agencies, including the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) work with the EPA to ensure that threatened and endangered species are not affected by pesticides. For more detailed information on the duties performed by other federal agencies, please visit the resources below.

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated September 22, 2020

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