The FDA is guided by a decree called the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996. This act amended the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) of 1938. The new act was ratified ion January 1997. The FQPA includes a section called “Consumer Right to Know” that promises within two years to include additional information on the risks and benefits of pesticide chemical residues. As long as industry is allowed to keep secret that fact that they have requested in some cases three times the originally determined safe residue levels for the newly engineered herbicide tolerant crops, the public may never know the truth behind their food products.
Case in point occurred when Monsanto submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) petitions for increasing the allowable residue levels for the chemical glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®. In 1987, before the advent of Roundup Ready™ soybeans, the legal level of glyphosate residue for soybean as a raw commodity was 6 parts per million. Anticipating increased residues from the new ability to directly spray soybeans with the Roundup Ready technology, Monsanto had the “safe, allowable” levels of glyphosate in soybeans changed to 20 parts per million. What was was considered “safe” for human consumption in 1987 was increased 8 years later and considered “safe” at three times the amount!!! GO FIGURE.