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SAFEGUARDS | Food NO. 191/15

SafeGuardS broccoli

On October 30, 2015 the United States Department of Environmental Protection (US EPA) proposed to revoke chlorpyrifos food residue tolerances [1], as listed in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 180.342. The US EPA is notifying the public that it anticipates issuing the final rule revoking these tolerances by December 2016.

The US EPA has determined that there do not appear to be risks from exposure to chlorpyrifos in food. However, when combined with exposure to drinking water from certain water sources, the US EPA cannot guarantee that this total exposure meets the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act safety standard.

Chlorpyrifos is currently used on a wide variety of crops in the United States, but some crops that may be more affected are broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and citrus. The non-agricultural use of chlorpyrifos which includes golf courses, green houses, turf and non-structural wood treatments, such as utility poles or fences, are not affected by this proposal. All residential uses, except for roach bait stations, in child resistant packaging and fire ant mound treatments, were eliminated in June of 2000. 

The comments period will be 60 days from the date of publication, November 6, 2015. [2]

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