Pesticides in Food
The federal Environmental Protection Agency establishes tolerances for pesticides in food. Food is “adulterated” if it contains pesticides in excess of established tolerances, or if it contains a pesticide for which no tolerance exists.
“Organic” food must meet standards adopted by the United States Department of Agriculture. A seller may not claim that food is “organic,” or produced without pesticides, unless the claim is true. A food is “misbranded” if its labeling is false or misleading.
Wisconsin law prohibits the sale of adulterated and misbranded food (see Wisconsin Statutes chapter 97). The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection may take action against law violations.