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EFSA develops new approach for cumulative risk assessment of pesticides

2:28 AM MDT | July 16, 2013 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says it has pioneered a new approach that paves the way for implementation of cumulative risk assessment, a technique that enables assessment of the risk posed by simultaneous exposure to several pesticides. Pesticides are classified into so-called cumulative assessment groups, based on identifying compounds that exhibit similar toxicological properties in a specific organ or system. The authority's panel on plant protection products and their residues (PPR) has applied the methodology to define groups of...

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