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EPA ACTION ON PESTICIDE TOLERANCES CONSISTENT WITH NFPA PETITION, ASSOCIATION SAYS

 WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Environmental Protection Agency's revocation on July 7 of food additive tolerances for four pesticides in seven processed foods is consistent with a petition filed last year by the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), according to the association.
 "In our petition, we urged EPA to retain raw product tolerances in cases where the agency concludes that it must revoke a food additive tolerance for processed foods," said John J. Aguirre, NFPA's director of federal government affairs. "This is precisely what the agency has done."
 EPA's revocation of the food additive tolerances for benomyl on raisins and tomato products, mancozeb on raisins and bran of wheat, phosmet on cottonseed oil, and trifluralin on spearmint and peppermint oils does not affect the raw product tolerances for these four pesticides. The pesticides, therefore, may continue to be used on the seven affected food crops.
 "By retaining the raw product tolerances for these pesticides -- which EPA believes pose a negligible health risk -- the agency has avoided the disruption to the food supply that would have resulted from the loss of these safe and effective substances," Aguirre noted.
 "We are pleased that EPA Administrator Carol Browner has emphasized that this action is being taken to carry out the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding the agency's interpretation of the Delaney Clause, rather than because of any public health concern," Aguirre said. "Revoking the food additive tolerances for these four pesticides -- which EPA feels it is forced to do -- does nothing to further the cause of food safety and underscores the need to revise and update the way pesticides are regulated. But we are heartened that EPA did not compound the problem by unnecessarily revoking the raw product tolerances for these pesticides as well."
 Noting that NFPA continues to support responsible pesticide reform legislation, such as the "Food Quality Protection Act of 1993" (H.R. 1627), Aguirre said, "Yesterday's announcement by EPA demonstrates what NFPA has been saying all along: the agency has the authority to reform its pesticide tolerance policy in order to avoid the loss of safe and effective pesticides."
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry, concentrating exclusively on food issues. The association's 500 member companies produce the nation's processed-packaged fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, juices and drinks, and specialty products.
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 /CONTACT: Timothy Willard of the National Food Processors Association, 202-637-8060/


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