With pests never ceasing around the world and global demands for food production ever increasing, the use of pesticides in agriculture seems inevitable. However, resultant residues in food for human consumption
and/or the environment such as following injudicious application may, negatively impact public health and trade, hence need for oversight. Lack of effective regulatory control in many developing countries notwithstanding, various national testing laboratories
continue to seek acceptable assay methods - including sampling protocols - to ensure safe and saleable food products for both local consumption and international trade.
The pesticide residues database of The Food Contaminant and Residue Information System (FCRIS) seeks to address this need by providing public information relating to pesticides used in agriculture, including
multi-residue and single analyte screening, quantitative and confirmatory analytical methods fit for national surveillance programs