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EPA/USDA SCHEDULE MEETINGS TO UPDATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON REVIEW OF PESTICIDE RESIDUES ON FOOD
Release Date: 01/29/99
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 1999
EPA/USDA SCHEDULE MEETINGS TO UPDATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
ON REVIEW OF PESTICIDE RESIDUES ON FOOD
The EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have scheduled two informational meetings with the Tolerance Reassessment Advisory Committee (TRAC), a federal advisory committee chartered to provide the Clinton Administration with advice on implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA). The meetings have been scheduled to give TRAC members an update on the progress that is being made to meet new food safety standards required by the FQPA, including the reassessment of residue limits for the organophosphate pesticides. Many of the initiatives and pilot projects underway are the result of recommendations from the TRAC on FQPA implementation. The first informational meeting will be held Feb. 25, 1999 in Washington, D.C. The second meeting is scheduled for March 2, 1999 in Phoenix, Ariz. Both meetings are open to the public, which have been scheduled to encourage participation from both the eastern and western regions of the country. These informational meetings are being held to help prepare for a full TRAC dialogue meeting, which will be held in April. That meeting will include discussions on the risk assessments and proposed risk management options for certain organophosphates, as well as the development of a transition process for agriculture, as needed. An agenda for the February and March meetings will be made available on the EPA’s website at: www.epa.gov/pesticides/trac. Future announcements regarding the April meeting also will be posted at this site.