December 10, 2018 Feature

Free Up the Guacamole, Round Up the Glyphosate: How Imported Food’s Chemical Residues Are Confronted

James O’Reilly and Edgar J. Asebey

Most Americans do not carefully track chemical use policies in other food-producing nations. Often, those policies are obscured by complex treaty language and by intricately detailed international laws and regulations. The type and quantity of chemicals applied to a food crop, such as the lettuce in your dinner salad, are often presumed safe and not a topic for consumer analysis. There is, however, increasing attention on food quality and the corresponding management and regulation of edible food products with chemical pesticide residues when they arrive for distribution in the United States. This article provides an overview of that management and regulation.

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