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National Pesticide Information Center

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Food and Drinking Water Limits for Pesticides

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The EPA sets the legal limits for the amount of pesticides allowed in food and drinking water. In food, those limits are called "tolerances." In water, those limits may be called Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs), health advisories (HA), or other names. The amount of pesticide allowed in water is specifically regulated for some pesticides, while health advisories are issued for others. For more information on the pesticide limits in water or food, see the resources below.

You can use our tolerance search tool to find tolerances for food published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

Search for the allowable residue of a pesticide in/on foods. These are called tolerances, and they're established by the US EPA.




You may also search for the names of commodities and/or inert ingredients.

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated February 28, 2013