What is the Pest Free Food Supply Act and How Does it Affect Food Facilities?

McCloud Services can serve as a resource on understanding this legislation and its affects

The Pest Free Food Supply Act was introduced into Congress in April by Tom Graves (Georgia) and Kurt Schrader (Oregon), which would require the EPA to withdraw a proposed regulation to remove the authorized food uses of sulfuryl fluoride (SF).  SF is a fumigant used in commodity and food processing facilities.  If EPA’s proposal is finalized, food production and pest management sectors will be left without a broad-spectrum fumigant and few viable pest control alternatives, creating a potential crisis for food safety throughout the U.S.

If the EPA is successful in withdrawing SF tolerances, it would severely limit the food industry’s ability to control certain pests of food.  It could also lead to loss of jobs in the U.S. as certain types of food processing operations could be moved overseas where fumigation would be permitted.

Patricia Hottel, Technical Director at McCloud Services, can discuss:

  • Background information regarding sulfuryl fluoride and its effect on the food industry including the EPA’s endorsement of using SF as a replacement for methyl bromide
  • EPA has itself described SF as the smallest contributor to total fluoride exposure
  • The affects phasing this chemical out will have on food processors and the food industry
  • The benefits of continued use of the product from a pest management perspective

If you are interested in more information, please contact Patricia Hottel at PatHottel@mccloudservices.com