Food Quality Protection Act

Authored by: Christina D. DiFonzo

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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The Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) was signed into law on August 3, 1996, with broad-based support from industry, agricultural commodity, environmental, and consumer groups. FQPA amends the two most important laws regulating pesticides in the United States: the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which sets guidelines for pesticide use, registration, classification (general versus restricted), and applicator certification; and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), which regulates the setting of tolerances for pesticides used on food crops. Some of the major issues addressed by FQPA are residue tolerances, children’s health, endocrine disruption, and consumer right-to-know with regard to pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for interpreting and implementing FQPA.

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