Joe Pezzini, COO of Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville, Calif., member of Produce Marketing Association’s board of directors and chairman of PMA’s Food Safety, Science and Technology Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program report:
“This report reaffirms what the produce industry has known all along – produce remains the safe choice for consumers. Both the data and the comments from the agencies demonstrate that making ‘half your plate’ fruits and vegetables promotes strong, healthy families. U.S. rules for pesticide use on fresh produce – whether grown in the United States or imported, protect all consumers, including special sub-groups such as children and expecting mothers.
“Not only do these agencies concur, so do scientific experts who have looked at the government's process and data. It’s irresponsible for anyone to misuse this report to scare consumers away from affordable fruits and vegetables that they enjoy, making the work of improving the diets of Americans more difficult.
“To get the facts and put your fruits and vegetables to the test, visit www.safefruitsandveggies.com and have confidence that the farmers that grow produce have your best interests at heart.”
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