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FOOD PROCESSORS SAY EPA DECISION ON EBDCS IS IN CONSUMERS' BEST INTEREST

 FOOD PROCESSORS SAY EPA DECISION ON EBDCS
 IS IN CONSUMERS' BEST INTEREST
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to allow continued use of EBDC fungicides on 45 agricultural commodities "is in the best interest of consumers," the National Food Processors Association said today.
 "Consumers should appreciate the careful review process EPA has now completed, because it assures that these fungicides are safe," said NFPA President John R. Cady.
 Cady noted that EPA found that EBDCs break down quickly following application, leaving little or no residue present when foods are consumed.
 EBDCs (ethylene bisdithiocarbamate) are used to control mold and mildew on fruits, vegetables and other crops. In 1989, EPA proposed canceling most EBDC uses based on testing of crops in the field. Manufacturers of the fungicides voluntarily halted most uses of EBDC while a $10 million study was done to measure risk exposure in foods on supermarket shelves. This "marketbasket" study convinced EPA of the safety of EBDCs.
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry. Its laboratories serve the association's 500 members, manufacturers of the nation's packaged-processed fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, 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:


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