Definition - What does FIFRA mean?

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is a 1996 Act that provides for federal regulation of pesticide distribution, sale, and use. Any pesticides that are sold in the United States are required to be registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In order for the EPA to register a pesticide, it must be shown by the applicant 'will not generally cause unreasonable adverse effects on the environment'.

Safeopedia explains FIFRA

According to FIFRA, 'unreasonable effects on the environment', refers to 'any unreasonable risk to man or the environment, taking into account the economic and social and environmental costs and benefits of the use of pesticides, or a human dietary risk from residues that result from the use of a pesticide in or on any food inconsistent with the standard under Section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.'

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