Pesticide residues in food

Pesticide residues in food




What are the health risks associated with pesticide residues in food?
Pesticides are chemicals applied in farming for protecting crops against fungi, insects, weeds and other pests. In addition to their application in agriculture, pesticides are also applied for protecting public health to control tropical diseases, such as insects, parasites, etc.

In the contrary pesticides are also potentially toxic to us. They may generate opposite health effects such as cancer, effects on reproduction, immune or nervous systems.


Pesticide Residue Regulation
Each country adopts their own agricultural policies and Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) and Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI). The level of food additive usage varies by country because forms of agriculture are different in regions according to their geographical or climatical factors…….
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Maximum Residue Limit
Pesticide residues on crops are monitored through the use of Maximum Residue Limits (MRL), which are based on the analysis of the quantity of a given chemical remaining on food product samples.
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Hong Kong Pesticide MRL Database
The Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation (Cap. 132CM) (“the Regulation”), passed by the Legislative Council in June 2012, came into operation on 1 August 2014. The Regulation is enforced by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD). The Hong Kong Pesticide MRL Database (“the MRL Database”) aims to facilitate the trade and the general public in finding relevant pesticide maximum residue limits (MRLs) /extraneous maximum residue limits (EMRLs) for concerned “pesticide-food” pairs……
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《食物內除害劑殘餘規例》(第132CM章) (《規例》)已於2012年6月獲立法會通過,並於2014年8月1日起實施,由食物環境衞生署(食環署)負責執行。香港除害劑最高殘餘限量資料庫(資料庫) 旨在協助業界和市民檢索相關“除害劑 - 食物”組合的最高殘餘限量∕最高再殘餘限
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Pesticides in Perspective – Residues in food 


Pesticide residues – What are Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs), and is my food safe?