Chemical contaminants in food
What are pesticides and how do they get into our food?
Low-dose effects in chemical risk assessment
Process contaminants, what are they? What are scientists doing to protect consumers? And how can consumers reduce their exposure to them? This video explains.
Pesticides play an important role in maintaining yields of agricultural crops. However, the residues from pesticides can potentially be harmful to humans if they get into the food we eat. A pesticides expert at EFSA explains the measures that are in place to reduce the risks.
Some chemicals in food might have a harmful effect on our health and safety depending on our level of exposure to them. Scientists generally assume that such effects are proportional to the amount, or ‘dose’: the more you are exposed to them, the more likely the possibility of an effect.