May 15, 2015
A report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms that consumers in this country should have high confidence in the quality of fruits and vegetables they purchase at the grocery store.
According to the agency, extensive laboratory testing once again proves that the “system of checks and balances” maintained with government inspection works to eliminate pesticide residues in food. The process “provides Americans with the safest food supply in the world.”
The report is the result of annual examinations performed under the Pesticide Date Program, an initiative that furnishes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with reliable data on fresh and processed fruits and vegetables. The samples tested most recently included more than 10,000 items.
A chemical residue laboratory operated by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services participated in the nationwide program.
For more information, visit www.ams.usda.gov.