EFSA is in the process of finalising two pilot assessments of the cumulative risks of pesticide residues in food; one on neurotoxicity following acute exposure, and another on thyroid effects following chronic exposure. These utilise cumulative assessment groups (CAGs) of pesticides established by EFSA for effects on each of these organ systems (which have been recently finalised). Both pilot risk assessments conclude that cumulative exposures do not exceed the threshold for regulatory consideration.

European Food Safety Authority (2019). Cumulative dietary risk characterisation of pesticides that have acute effects on the nervous system (http://www.efsa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/consultation/consultation/Draft_EFSA_Scientific_report_on_CRA_for_the_nervous_system_for_public_consultation.pdf) and that have chronic effects on the thyroid (http://www.efsa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/consultation/consultation/Draft_EFSA_Scientific_report_on_CRA_for_the_thyroid_for_public_consultation.pdf). Establishment of cumulative assessment groups of pesticides for their effects on the nervous system (https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.2903/j.efsa.2019.5800) and thyroid (https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.2903/j.efsa.2019.5801).

 

The above items were taken from the November 2019 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra.

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