Pesticide Residue - Articles and news items
Issue 2 2016 • 26 April 2016 • Torsten Pöppelbaum, Scientific Expert, NSF
The last 50 years have seen a marked increase in consumer awareness and concern about the quality and safety of food, including the effects of pesticides used in crop production and home gardens. Fortunately, analytical test methods have also progressed. Analysis has advanced from needing several days to semi-quantitatively measure a handful of active substances to using powerful multi-methods to rapidly test hundreds of substances to an accuracy of a few micrograms per kilogram in only a few hours…
Industry news • 27 January 2016 • Victoria White
EFSA and its partners have developed a software tool for carrying out exposure assessments of multiple pesticides…
Industry news • 17 April 2015 • Victoria White
A new EFSA report aims to give the public a balanced view of the findings of annual EU-wide monitoring of levels of chemicals in food…
Issue 6 2014 • 23 December 2014 • John Holah, Jim Taylour and Steven Ackers Holchem Laboratories Ltd
In Europe, disinfectants (biocides) used in the food industry are controlled by a range of legislation, but two are key in determining the level of disinfectant that can be taken up by foodstuffs after the disinfectant’s legitimate use. Regulation (EC) No 396/20051 on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin governs the use of pesticide residues…
EFSA presents the fifth EU annual report on pesticide residues in food for 2011. This infographic highlights how EFSA and Member States work together to monitor residues of these substances.
Issue 2 2014 • 1 May 2014 • Stewart Reynolds Senior Scientist, Food Quality and Safety Programme, Food and Environment Research Agency
Information about pesticide residues in the food we produce, import, sell and consume is important to anyone involved in the food industry and to us all as consumers of food. Each year throughout the European Union, around 100,000 samples of food are collected and tested for pesticide residues. This is an extensive programme of work involving 30 European countries (the 28 Member States, plus Norway and Iceland as EFTA countries), around 275 official national laboratories, which include 52 national reference laboratories, and a considerable expenditure. As someone who has been involved in testing food for pesticide residues for over 30 years, it is interesting to review how controls are organised today and how the changes have improved public access to increased amounts of information on this subject.
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