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EFSA looks at pesticide exposure in reptiles

More data on the feeding and movement of reptiles in farmland is needed if they are to be routinely assessed for pesticide exposure, recommends a report produced for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The researchers were asked to investigate if the EFSA’s methods to estimate daily food intake and pesticide exposure of birds and mammals could be used for reptiles. The report highlights limitations due to the lack of certain data and the fact that some larger reptiles only feed infrequently throughout a season. The report, from the UK Food and Environment Research Agency, is available on the EFSA website at: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/efsa_locale-1178620753812_1211903065847.htm.

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