"The precise methods that PDP employs to conduct these tests each year demonstrates an ongoing commitment to accuracy and comprehensive analysis that is shared by CLA and our member companies. This valuable government monitoring program facilitates improvements in EPA risk assessments and encourages the development of increasingly effective, innovative products."

USDA released the following statement regarding the 2011 summary results: "Consistent with guidance from health and nutrition experts - and as affirmed federal nutrition guidance that urges people to make half their plate fruits and vegetables - we encourage everyone to continue to eat more fruits and vegetables in every meal and wash them before you do so."

The PDP was established by AMS in 1991 for the purpose of collecting data on pesticide residues found in food. Information collected by the PDP is sent to EPA to help the agency conduct important dietary risk assessments.

USDA also uses this data in the development of Integrated Pest Management objectives. Since the program was initiated, 109 different commodities have undergone testing.

A complete version of the 2011 Annual Summary is available at www.ams.usda.gov/pdp.

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