Board adopted original policy on February 1999.
Download PDF Version of FMI Board Policy Regarding Pesticide Safety

There is ongoing public concern over the safety of pesticides in food. As the purchasing agent for the consumers, the supermarket industry believes these concerns must be addressed. Consumers need to be confident the food they buy is safe. It is

government’s role to ensure the ultimate safety of our nation’s food supply. If a chemical or food is determined unsafe by the government, it should be removed from the marketplace.

More specifically, we recommend:

1.  Whenever there is inconsistency in regulations at various levels of government, federal standards must prevail. National uniformity and consistency are critical in the development and enforcement of food safety laws governing the ways in which food is grown, processed and labeled.

2.  Aggressive measures to safeguard food from pesticide hazards should be taken by the key government agencies: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Specifically the government should:

  • Expedite the health risk studies on all the pesticides currently in use.
  • The health risk analyses should take into account the exposure to infants and children.
  • Develop testing methods for pesticides not covered by current screening programs.
  • Ensure that imported product comply with domestic safety standards.
  • Promote integrates pest management, organic farming and other safe alternative methods to minimize pesticide use.

3.   The U.S. Congress should provide the federal agencies adequate funding to perform the activities outlined above.