EPA Sets New Residue Limits For Monsanto Pesticide

By Sean McLernon (April 30, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday issued a final rule setting new residue standards for the active ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s widely used pesticide Roundup, limiting its use on various fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products.

The federal regulator adopted a range of limits for the chemical glyphosate, from as little as 0.2 parts per million for bulb vegetables, berries and other small fruit to 100 ppm for animal forage and hay.

The new limits come 12 months after the government-funded pesticide research body known as Inter-Regional Research Project No. 4 filed a petition seeking the changes. The EPA followed...

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