USDA Found Pesticides On Over Half Of Food Tested, That Doesn’t Include The Most Widely Used Herbicide Glyphosate/Roundup Which They Refuse To Test For

The FDA and USDA test a handful* of foods for pesticide residues every year. They won’t test for glyphosate/Roundup, though, the chemical that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) just said was “probably carcinogenic to humans”:

Both FDA and USDA fail to test for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world.

According to a USDA spokesman, test measures required for glyphosate are “extremely expensive…to do on a regular basis.”
USDA Reports Pesticide Residues on Over Half of Food Tested

CarrotsRoundup

On May 1, 2013, the EPA quietly passed a rule which raised limits of the herbicide glyphosate/Roundup on fruits, vegetables, and seeds. Carrots are now allowed to have 25 times the amount of glyphosate as they did in 2013, sweet potatoes 15 times more, mustard and flax seed 400 times more!

Recall that Monsanto requested from EPA (and subsequently received) approval for higher tolerance levels for glyphosate/Roundup. So, even if USDA or FDA do start testing, they will be able to say the pesticide residue levels are below tolerances.

* The US Government Accountability Office says that FDA tests less than one-tenth of 1 percent of imported fruits and vegetables, and less than 1 percent of domestic fruits and vegetables.

2 thoughts on “USDA Found Pesticides On Over Half Of Food Tested, That Doesn’t Include The Most Widely Used Herbicide Glyphosate/Roundup Which They Refuse To Test For

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