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FOOD INDUSTRY SUPPORTS H.R. 3742 AS 'SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT' OVER KENNEDY/WAXMAN BILLS

 FOOD INDUSTRY SUPPORTS H.R. 3742 AS 'SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT'
 OVER KENNEDY/WAXMAN BILLS
 WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Pesticide Safety Improvement Act of 1991," H.R. 3742, is a substantial improvement over the Kennedy/Waxman food safety bills and -- with appropriate modifications -- would be an advancement over current law, the National Food Processors Association told a House Agriculture subcommittee today.
 Dr. Lester Crawford, executive vice president for scientific affairs for NFPA, outlined several important modifications advocated by the food industry.
 1. H.R. 3742 should be strengthened by adding a consultation requirement that NFPA believes is important. While EPA is required to consult with USDA and FDA before publishing a proposed cancellation order, it is not required to consult with the pesticide registrants or any independent scientific group.
 2. The national uniformity requirement in H.R. 3742 should be strengthened. EPA comprehensively revised its pesticide registration data requirements in 1985, and national uniformity should therefore extend to tolerances for all pesticides registered or re-registered after 1985. Further, H.R. 3742 does not prohibit state or local warning requirements for pesticide residues in food -- a critical gap in the bill.
 3. The bill would greatly expand EPA's power to suspend pesticide registrations under FIFRA, thereby undermining the procedural rights of pesticide registrants, accelerating the loss of valuable food use pesticides (including those for minor crops) and jeopardizing the market for many food products.
 4. H.R. 3742 would provide that EPA may initiate a cancellation action where it determines that there are "prudent concerns" that a pesticide "may cause unreasonable effects on man or the environment." This change in the cancellation standard is likely to trigger unjustified cancellation actions, create uncertainty regarding the legal requirements of FIFRA and provoke litigation.
 5. NFPA objects to the bill's codification of a numerical negligible risk level. Specific statutory prescriptions of this kind recreate the undesirable inflexibility reflected in the Delaney Clause.
 6. H.R. 3742 should be revised to require EPA to use actual pesticide use and residue information, where reliable data are available.
 7. The association objects to the bill's restrictions that would discourage EPA from taking proper account of benefits and would impose a substantial unnecessary burden on the agency and registrants to renew benefits assessments at least every five years.
 8. With the increasing international trade in food products, it is critical that meaningful steps be taken to promote international harmonization of pesticide tolerances. H.R. 3742 should be strengthened through inclusion of a provision requiring EPA to take into account, and justify any departure from, the recommended international pesticide maximum residue levels issued by Codex.
 "I must close with a note of urgency," said Crawford. "It is time to promptly enact reasonable pesticide safety legislation before the FIFRA re-registration process is completed, additional minor uses are abandoned and tolerances for highly beneficial pesticides are revoked under the inflexible mandate of the Delaney Clause."
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry. The association's three research laboratories serve NFPA's 500 member companies, manufacturers of the nation's packaged-prepared fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, juices and drinks and specialty products.
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 /CONTACT: Roger Coleman of the National Food Processors Association, 202-639-5935/ CO: National Food Processors Association ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: LEG


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