Pesticide Tolerance/MRL

Under the Federal Food Drugs and Cosmetics Act (FFDCA), EPA establishes tolerances for the amount of pesticide residue allowed in food or animal feed as a result of pesticide use. This requirement extends to active and inert ingredients as well as pesticide use on commodities imported from outside of the United States. Any pesticide chemical residue in or on food is deemed unsafe unless the quantity of the residue is within the limits of the tolerance or EPA has granted an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. EPA may only establish a tolerance if the Agency determines that the tolerance is “safe,” which is defined as “a reasonable certainty no harm will result from aggregate exposure to the pesticide chemical residue, including all anticipated dietary exposures and all other exposures for which there is reliable information.”

Any pesticide residue on a raw agricultural commodity or processed commodity (oils, flour, etc.) must be supported by the establishment of a pesticide tolerance or an exemption from the tolerance. An applicant for a new food use, an amended use that increases the application rate or number of applications per season, or an increase in the allowed geographical use area must also be supported by a petition to establish the necessary tolerances or exemptions.

TSG’s consultants are experienced in all aspects necessary to establish pesticide tolerances, including
monitoring field and laboratory activities, analyzing and interpreting data, preparing data packages and negotiating with EPA. We also help companies submit import tolerance petitions to allow the sale of a pesticide product outside of the U.S., without import restrictions on treated foods.

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