California Department of Pesticide Regulation

More than 96 percent of the fruits and vegetables for sale last year in California met federal pesticide safety standards, according to residue test results released Wednesday by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). The testing, using state-of-the-art equipment, was done by DPR scientists on 3,471 samples of produce, including 234 labeled as “organic,”…

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has fined six companies that ignored warnings and repeatedly sold imported fruits and vegetables with illegal pesticide residues to predominantly ethnic minority customers. According to an agency statement released July 28, the fines range from $10,000 to more than $20,000 for violating pesticide laws and potentially endangering consumers.…