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Organic Food

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to protect health and the environment

Section 18/Emergency Pesticide Use

Through its Section 18 (of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act), or emergency exemption, program, EPA allows the use of pesticides that are not registered for a particular crop, or in some cases not registered for use at all, but making progress toward registration. As a result of this use pattern, EPA sets tolerances for affected crops that are time-limited, usually for the season in which they are allowed. As a result, the database notes that these pesticides have an expiration date that is often renewed.