Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children

Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children

by Committee on Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children, National Research Council
     
 

Many of the pesticides applied to food crops in this country are present in foods and may pose risks to human health. Current regulations are intended to protect the health of the general population by controlling pesticide use. This book explores whether the present regulatory approaches adequately protect infants and children, who may differ from adults in

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Many of the pesticides applied to food crops in this country are present in foods and may pose risks to human health. Current regulations are intended to protect the health of the general population by controlling pesticide use. This book explores whether the present regulatory approaches adequately protect infants and children, who may differ from adults in susceptibility and in dietary exposures to pesticide residues.

The committee focuses on four major areas:

  • Susceptibility: Are children more susceptible or less susceptible than adults to the effects of dietary exposure to pesticides?
  • Exposure: What foods do infants and children eat, and which pesticides and how much of them are present in those foods? Is the current information on consumption and residues adequate to estimate exposure?
  • Toxicity: Are toxicity tests in laboratory animals adequate to predict toxicity in human infants and children? Do the extent and type of toxicity of some chemicals vary by species and by age?
  • Assessing risk: How is dietary exposure to pesticide residues associated with response? How can laboratory data on lifetime exposures of animals be used to derive meaningful estimates of risk to children? Does risk accumulate more rapidly during the early years of life?

This book will be of interest to policymakers, administrators of research in the public and private sectors, toxicologists, pediatricians and other health professionals, and the pesticide industry.

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Explores whether infants and children differ from adults in susceptibility and in dietary exposures to pesticide residues in food, and if so, whether the present regulatory approaches adequately protect them. Based on the committee's research, 1988- 93, summarizes pesticide use, data collection methods, toxicity testing, and federal regulations, emphasizing prenatal and perinatal toxicity, age-specific eating patterns, estimating pesticide residues, and mathematical risk modeling. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309048750
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
09/04/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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