Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center EHS
University of California
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center EHS

Agricultural Crop Destruction Procedures

Crop Distruct
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE) has adopted the following Agricultural Crop Destruction Procedures to establish guidelines that are to be followed whenever commodities are treated with any experimental pesticide for which there is no pesticide residue tolerance, or any genetically modified organism which isĀ  not cleared for release into the food chain.

The treated commodities cannot enter the channels of trade or in any way be made available for use as a human or animal food or feed.

The procedures here establish uniform requirements designed to ensure that no commodities treated with any experimental pesticide for which there is no pesticide residue tolerance or tolerance exemption enter the human or animal food chain.

These requirements also are designed to ensure that procedures are in place to safeguard the health and safety of all employees.

Operating procedures
Any site treated with an experimental pesticide on a commodity for which no pesticide residue tolerance, or exemption from tolerance, has been established shall comply with the following requirements:

The individual requesting the application shall complete a Crop Destruct Form prior to the experimental pesticide application. Form

Prior to the application, signage shall be posted at the experimental plot with the words, "Warning-Crop Destruct, Do Not Pick." The signs shall be in English and Spanish, and of a size so the wording is readable to a person with normal vision, from a distance of 25 feet. Signs will remain in place until treated crop is destroyed.

Appropriate buffer zones will be observed to accommodate chemical drift.

All parts of the treated commodity potentially suitable for use as human or animal food or feed and not removed from the site for research purposes shall be destroyed.

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