Food safety is a significant concern for both agricultural producers and consumers, and is one of the highest priorities for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). In making decisions regarding regulations for food safety, we must keep in mind a balance between risk and over-regulation that hinders entrepreneurial opportunities.
Food safety transportation concerns must be dealt with at the national level to ensure smooth interstate commerce.
As food safety regulations increase, it is vital for Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and MDARD to continually review and monitor any changes to the current pesticide labels. It is imperative for farmers to have this up-to-date information when following the pesticide spray recommendations in the MSUE spray guides.