Pollution Research Paper

Vol 39, Feb Suppl. Issue, 2020; Page No.(113-118)

PESTICIDE CONTAMINATION OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES : RISK ASSESSMENT USING HEALTH EFFECT MODEL

RUCHI TAMRAKAR AND SUMITA NAIR

Abstract

This paper reports the risk assessment of pesticide contamination of food and food products in India and other countries by applying EFSA health effect model. For this review study some reported data on pesticide contamination have been collected from different sources and EFSA model has been applied on these data to assess its health effects. In the safety assessments of EU maximum residues levels (MRLs) for pesticides, or proposals for MRLs, the chronic and acute dietary consumer exposure to pesticide residues is estimated by using a calculation model developed by EFSA (PRIMo – Pesticide Residue Intake Model). The model is based on national food consumption figures and unit weights provided by Member States and implements internationally agreed risk assessment methodologies to assess the short-term (acute) and longterm (chronic) exposure of consumers.

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