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Pesticides and heavy metals as food contaminants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  277134     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
From the general pollution, contaminants spread along a variety of routes, many of which lead to our food. Pesticides and heavy metals as food contaminants have raised strong public concern and contributed to the general uneasiness associated with the pollution boom of the last two decades. Pesticides in food are predominantly residues from their application on growing crops, less often from post harvest use on stored agriculatural products, whereas heavy metals contaminate the food at various stages along the food production line. Both groups of contaminants exhibit in the number of their members a spectrum of health hazards. A few examples of these will be dealth with, and thought will be given to some features in the philosophies behind the current practices of risk assessment and management in this area. A widespread shortage of toxicological expertice maintain a level of ignorance sufficient to make risk evaluation very often a dilemma. This distressing shortcoming at least partly arises form a common neglect of toxicology as a university discipline. Some international efforts to control food contamination will also be touched upon.
J A Barstad
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of toxicology. Supplement. = Archiv für Toxikologie. Supplement     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0171-9750     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Toxicol. Suppl.     Publication Date:  1978  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-09-25     Completed Date:  1978-09-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802567     Medline TA:  Arch Toxicol Suppl     Country:  GERMANY, WEST    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Food Contamination* / prevention & control
Metals / adverse effects*
Pesticide Residues / adverse effects*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Metals; 0/Pesticide Residues

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