Grower groups ask USDA to underscore safety of regulatory system in pesticide report
Friday April 29 2011
Eighteen grower groups have written to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, reiterating their concern that data in the department's annual Pesticide Data Program (PDP) summary report will continue to be misused by advocacy groups.
Since 1991, USDA has been collecting data on pesticide residues in food and reporting this information in an annual summary. Environmental Working Group relies on the PDP report for its "Dirty Dozen" list, an annual ranking of the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues that the group recommends consumers buy organic. EWG also compiles a "Clean 15" list of fruits and vegetables that have the lowest pesticide residues.
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