EU develops cumulative assessment method for agchems
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has developed a new approach for grouping pesticides that "paves the way" for the implementation of cumulative risk assessment. Such assessments look at the risk posed by exposure to multiple pesticide residues. The new method is based on broad criteria for grouping compounds that exhibit similar toxicological properties in a specific organ or system. As a first step, the EFSA has applied it to define groups of pesticides that are toxic to the thyroid and the central nervous system.