CropLife America Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Food Quality Protection Act

WASHINGTON, DC – CropLife America (CLA) is pleased to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), which enhanced the science-based risk assessment system for crop protection products in the U.S. Passed unanimously two decades ago, FQPA plays a critical role in giving Americans confidence that the food they eat will help them live long and healthy lives. Since 1996, the guidelines laid out by FQPA, based in solid toxicological data, have been sensitive to and protective of all populations, including infants and children, and have made the U.S. the leader in safe and sustainable agricultural production.

“The safety of our food supply is an absolute priority in our country, as evidenced by the fully united passing of this bill twenty years ago,” stated Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. “With its vital role in the U.S. food system, the crop protection industry remains committed to developing and manufacturing technology that will help farmers grow the best food they can for our families. Through ongoing registration review and continued testing, we can maintain a high standard for our crop protection products in the U.S.”

Vroom continued, “We are pleased to recognize the achievements of FQPA and look forward to how we can continue to uphold its principles and scientific integrity. We must not backtrack any progress accomplished by this law. A science-based risk assessment system is vital for the regulation of crop protection products; our families depend on it.”

In coordination with the Pesticide Policy Coalition and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), CLA is co-organizing a special roundtable discussion to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of FQPA on Wednesday, August 3 at the offices of AFBF. The discussion will open with remarks from two members of Congress who were essential in the passage of FQPA and its subsequent implementation: Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas and former Congressman Charlie Stenholm of Texas.

In April, Vroom testified before the House Committee on Agriculture, Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee on how the EPA’s recent actions, such as using epidemiological studies to apply the 10X safety factor, are overturning progress accomplished by FQPA. In his remarks, he spoke to the importance of toxicological studies as the basis of pesticide regulation and promoted an appropriate role for epidemiological studies. He pressed for the need for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and those in agriculture to have “a more productive dialogue that leads to reasonable, timely regulatory decisions and solutions to shared concerns.”

CLA has developed a number of materials for use on social media that communicate how technological advancements have helped make the U.S. a leader in sustainable food production, such as:

For more information on the benefits of crop protection products and the science behind the development of pesticide technology, visit www.CropLifeAmerica.org.

Michael Leary