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Pesticide Data Program (PDP)

Michigan was one of the original six states selected by the USDA to participate in the Pesticide Data Program (PDP) at its inception in 1991 because of Michigan’s interest in pesticide residue data; availability of laboratory facilities, staff and technical expertise; regional diversity; and Michigan’s substantial commodity production.

Public concern has grown over many years about the effects of pesticides on human health and environmental quality. PDP was designed to provide actual residue and use data necessary to make effective decisions involving the environment, food safety, and the regulation of pesticide chemicals. These decisions directly affect the general public, producers and processors of food throughout the United States and internationally, as well as pesticide manufacturers. PDP has evolved to include a variety of commodities including fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, grains, peanut butter, meats, eggs, honey, milk, flour and drinking water. The program’s primary objective is to collect high-quality, statistically-based data on the levels of pesticide residues in a variety of food products destined for grocery store shelves. The Pesticide Data Program is now a critical component of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996.

For more information about PDP and to see the data collected, please visit the Pesticide Data Program website at United States Department of Agriculture Pesticide Data Program.