Agricultural products (71 - 80 of 180 items)
Pesticides: U.S. and Mexican Fruit and Vegetable Pesticide Programs Differ
T-RCED-93-9: Published: Feb 18, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 1993.
GAO discussed U.S. and Mexican pesticide standards and enforcement, focusing on differences in the two countries' allowable pesticide residue levels. GAO noted that: (1) the United States and Mexico have several differences in tolerances set for pesticide residues; (2) the countries have formed a working group to resolve tolerance differences for 58 pesticides that have Mexican tolerances for some...
Food and Agriculture Issues
OCG-93-15TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed major federal policy, management, and program issues facing Congress and the new administration in the areas of food and agriculture.GAO found that: (1) since 1988, fiscal pressures have enhanced the importance of reforming farm credit and risk protection, as well as coordinating federal programs for ensuring food safety and quality; (2) the Depar...
Selenium in Animal Feeds
RCED-92-256R: Published: Aug 21, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to: (1) raise the amount of selenium in animal feeds; and (2) eliminate requirements for analysis of each batch of selenium mixture manufactured for use in animal feedstuffs. GAO noted that: (1) normal animal development requires trace amounts of selenium, but greater amounts could be...
Pesticides: Adulterated Imported Foods Are Reaching U.S. Grocery Shelves
RCED-92-205: Published: Sep 24, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) pesticide monitoring program, focusing on whether: (1) federal deterrents are adequate to prevent pesticide-adulterated food from reaching U.S. grocery shelves; and (2) FDA is using its resources to maximize detection of adulterated shipments.GAO found that: (1) FDA has increased its testing o...
Farm Program Research
RCED-93-48R: Published: Oct 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) barriers to the use of alternative, less environmentally intrusive agricultural practices; and (2) farm commodity programs' impact on rural communities. GAO noted that: (1) the two paradigms within the agricultural sector are conventional and sustainable agricultural practices; (2) conventional agriculture utilizes specialized f...
Food Safety and Quality: USDA Improves Inspection Program for Canadian Meat, but Some Concerns Remain
RCED-92-250: Published: Aug 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) procedures and practices for ensuring the wholesomeness of imported Canadian meat, focusing on: (1) Department of Agriculture (USDA) efforts to document that the Canadian meat inspection system is equivalent to the U.S. system; (2) analyzing inspection and rejection data for U.S. and Canadian meat cro...
Agricultural Trade: High-Value Products and U.S. Export Promotion Efforts
T-GGD-92-64: Published: Jul 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1992.
GAO discussed the government's role in exporting high-value agricultural products, focusing on the issues related to proposed legislation that would establish set-asides for and define those agricultural products. GAO noted that: (1) there is no national strategy to guide export promotion funds; (2) the proposed legislation would increase the U.S. share of world trade in processed and high-value a...
Pesticides: USDA's Research to Support Registration of Pesticides for Minor Crops
RCED-92-190BR: Published: Jun 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the status of the research that the Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4) coordinates to support the registration of pesticides for use on minor crops; (2) the uses that IR-4 makes of its resources; and (3) actions that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has taken to ensure the availability of pesticides for use on minor crops after 19...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Improved Management Could Increase the Effectiveness of Export Promotion Activities
T-GGD-92-30: Published: Apr 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1992.
GAO discussed the effectiveness of three Department of Agriculture (USDA) export promotion activities, the Market Promotion Program (MPP) overseas agricultural trade offices and the Trade Show Program. GAO noted that: (1) since USDA has not yet developed a long-term agricultural trade strategy, it can not provide a coherent rationale and justification for its export promotion activities; (2) over...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Management Issues Remain Unresolved in the Market Promotion Program
T-GGD-92-25: Published: Mar 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1992.
GAO commented on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Market Promotion Program, focusing on: (1) program goals; (2) whether program regulations ensure sound fiscal management; and (3) USDA implementation of prior GAO recommendations. GAO noted that: (1) the Market Promotion Program's broad goals of development and expansion of agricultural exports can justify program support under any market sit...