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EFSA guide on tests for agchem dietary risks

The European Food Safety Authority has issued updated guidance on methods to assess dietary exposure to pesticide residues. The document covers probabilistic techniques to cover single or multiple active ingredients. They should be considered as a potential additional tool to supplement or complement standard methods currently used in EU evaluations, the EFSA says. Issues covered include ways to quantify some of the major sources of variability and uncertainty affecting dietary exposure to pesticides. Additional approaches are provided for modelling exposure to multiple ais. Case studies are included. The guidance has been through two public consultations since 2010, after respondents called for more practical and prescriptive guidelines ( Agrow No 633, p 12). It is available at: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/2839.htm.

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