The PDP Database

The Pesticide Data Program (PDP) database is an American national pesticide residue database program. PDP manages the collection, analysis, data entry, and reporting of pesticide residues on agricultural commodities in the U.S. food supply, with an emphasis on those commodities highly consumed by infants and children. It is specifically designed to be a monitoring data set for dietary assessments.

The analysed samples are collected “close to the point of consumption. Collection at terminal markets and large chain store distribution centres allows the capture of sample identity data, takes into account pesticide degradation during transit and storage, and provides data on residues from postharvest applications of fungicides and growth regulators”.

The PDP samples are collected during the period of the year when the commodity is present on the shelves and in the rear storage area of the retail facility so possible impact by the consumer is eliminated, and this allows capture of sample information from product boxes. In this way the PDP samples offer a statistically defensible representation of the U.S. food supply

United States Department of Agriculture. (2014, February 21). Quick Facts about the Pesticide Data Program (PDP). Retrieved 2014, from Agricultural Marketing Service
United States Department of Agriculture. (2011). Pesticide Data Program. Annual Summary, Calendar Year 2009. United States Department of Agriculture.