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NFPA SAYS GOVERNMENT ACTION ON PESTICIDE USE UNDERSCORES NEED FOR POLICY REFORM

 WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- An expected announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency that the agency will no longer grant emergency exemptions for many important pesticides underscores the need for Congress to enact new pesticide legislation and for EPA to change its policy of treating residues in processed foods differently than in raw foods, according the National Food Processors Association (NFPA).
 EPA, along with the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is expected to announce on May 7 that emergency exemptions will no longer be granted for pesticides if those chemicals are likely to meet the Delaney Clause's "induce cancer in animals" standard and would concentrate in processed foods. EPA will revoke five emergency exemptions and deny 16 currently pending emergency exemption requests.
 "Congress needs to act quickly to repeal the Delaney Clause and put responsible pesticide legislation in its place," said NFPA President and CEO John R. Cady. "This action by EPA makes it clear that unless existing pesticide law is modernized, American agriculture will be in serious trouble."
 Cady called for the administration to endorse "The Food Quality Protection Act of 1993" (H.R. 1627), sponsored by Reps. Richard H. Lehman (D-Calif.), Thomas J. Bliley Jr. (R-Va.) and J. Roy Rowland (D-Ga.). The bill was introduced April 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives, and now has more than 80 co-sponsors. "We are impressed by the large, bipartisan support for this important legislation, and the administration should lend its support as well," Cady said.
 CAdy also called for prompt action by EPA on a petition filed by NFPA asking the agency to rescind part of its pesticide residue policy. "We have asked EPA to change its policy -- which is statutorily incorrect -- of treating residues in processed foods differently than residues in raw foods," Cady stated. "EPA has incorrectly interpreted the Delaney Clause as applying to all residues of carcinogenic pesticides, even if they are far below the levels allowable in raw commodities. By changing its incorrect pesticide policy, EPA would eliminate the need to comply with the Delaney Clause in cases where the levels of residues in processed foods do not exceed allowable levels for raw commodities," Cady said.
 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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