Lab Reports Show U.S. Food Supply is Safe

May 8, 2018

A major U.S. Department of Agriculture testing program continues to show that the nation’s food supply is safe.

Data from laboratory testing completed in 2017 prove the conclusion. Consumers can be confident in the results of the analysis conducted at food safety facilities in 10 states with 10,365 samples of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, eggs and milk.

According to the agency, the traces of pesticide residues found on some foods are well below human tolerance levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Officials noted that “residues found in agricultural products sampled are at levels that do not pose risk to consumers’ health and are safe.”

Food scientists at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services participate in the laboratory analyses.

The 2017 Pesticide Data Report is available at