FDSN Seminar Series: USDA Pesticide Monitoring Program for Foods Consumed in the United States

Join the Department of Food Science and Nutrition for this FDSN Seminar Series event featuring guest speaker Shanker Reddy, an interdisciplinary scientist in the Science & Technology Monitoring Programs Division’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service online, Thursday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. CT.

The residue data on foods consumed in the US generated annually by the USDA Pesticide Data Program are used for setting MRLs and dietary risk assessments by EPA and following up on violations by FDA. Furthermore, the annual report shows that more than 99 percent of the foods tested had no residue violations or lower than the established tolerances. This wholesomeness of the fruit and vegetables marketed in the US should encourage consumers to include them in their daily dietary intake.

Thursday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. CT

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Dr. Shanker Reddy – Interdisciplinary Scientist in the Science & Technology Monitoring Programs Division’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP), in the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

Title: The USDA pesticide monitoring program for foods consumed in the United States

Abstract: Brief description: The residue data on foods consumed in the US generated annually by the USDA Pesticide Data Program are used for setting MRLs and dietary risk assessments by EPA and following up on violations by FDA. Furthermore, the annual report shows that more than 99% of the foods tested had no residue violations or lower than the established tolerances. This wholesomeness of the fruit and vegetables marketed in the US should encourage the consumers to include them in their daily dietary intake.

Dr. Shanker Reddy currently serves as the Interdisciplinary Scientist in the Science & Technology Monitoring Programs Division’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP), in the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Prior to that, he led the Microbiological Data Program (MDP) to its national recognition in food safety, until it was defunded in 2012. He also worked in the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Office of Food Defense and Emergency Preparedness and had served as a Senior Advisor for Food Safety, Nutrition and Health in the Office of Chief Scientist in the USDA Office of the Secretary.

Prior to joining the Federal Government in 2003, he led several programs on the development of vaccines against bacterial pathogens and discovery of signature molecular biomarkers for inflammation and cancer in humans for the development of drugs in biotechnology companies. He also worked in academia (University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, TX) on bacterial pathogenesis.

He graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, followed by post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI.