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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Legislative and Regulatory Actions Affecting Insect Pest Management for Post-Harvest Systems

Authors
item Arthur, Franklin
item Rogers, Ted - USDA-OPMP

Submitted to: Stored Products Protection International Working Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: July 21, 2002
Publication Date: July 30, 2003
Citation: ARTHUR, F.H., ROGERS, T. LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ACTIONS AFFECTING INSECT PEST MANAGEMENT FOR POST-HARVEST SYSTEMS. STORED PRODUCTS PROTECTION INTERNATIONAL WORKING CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. 2003. pp. 435-438.

Technical Abstract: The 1996 Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) has resulted in policy interpretations and regulatory decisions that have severely impacted insect pest management programs for stored products in the United States. The food safety aspects of this law, especially as targeted to children and other vulnerable sub-groups of the population, require additional toxicological data for many older traditional insecticides. Many of these insecticides, particularly organophosphates and carbamates, are being removed from the market and there are few potential new registrations to replace the products that are lost through regulatory decisions or voluntary withdrawal. Consumer preferences for foods with little or no pesticide residues, modern residue detection methods, an emphasis on safety and food quality, and an increasingly urbanized society are also contributing to a decline in the use of pesticide chemicals to control insects. Similar trends are occurring throughout Europe and most other developed countries, and are causing a shift from chemical-based control methods to a more integrated approach to pest management.

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