PESTICIDE RESIDUES IN FOOD - 1980
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Joint meeting of the
FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues
in Food and the Environment
WHO Expert Group on Pesticide Residues
Rome, 6-15 October 1980
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This document contains summaries of the data considered by the Joint
Meeting of the FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues in Food and
the Environment and the WHO Expert Group on Pesticide Residues, which
met in Rome, 6 to 15 October 1980, together with the recommendations
made. A report of the 1980 Joint Meeting, which outlines the
principles on which the evaluations were carried out and summarises
the recommendations made, has also been published.*
* Pesticide Residues in Food: Report of the 1980 Joint Meeting of the
FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues in Food and the Environment
and the WHO Expert Group on Pesticide Residues, FAO Plant Production
and Protection Series No. 26, 1981.
Previous FAO and WHO documentation is listed in Annex II.
List of Attendees
2,4 - D*
Compounds marked * have been evaluated previously.
1980 JOINT MEETING OF THE FAO PANEL OF EXPERTS ON PESTICIDE RESIDUES
IN FOOD AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE WHO EXPERT GROUP ON PESTICIDE
Rome, 6 - 15 October 1980
FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues in Food and The Environment
Dr. D.C. Abbott, Deputy Director (Customer Services), Laboratory of
the Government Chemist, Cornwall House, Stamford Street, London SE1
Dr. A. Ambrus, Department Head, Analytical Department, Plant
Protection and Agrochemistry Centre, H-1502 Budapest, P.O.B. 127,
Prof. Dr. A.F.H. Besemer, Head, Pesticides Division, Plant Protection
Service, Geertjesweg 15, 6706 EA Wageningen, Netherlands.
Prof. Dr. G. Bressau, Chief, Pesticides Residues Unit, Pesticides
Department, Federal Health Office, Bundesgesundheitsamt, Postfach
330013, D-1000 Berlin 33.
Dr. K.R. Hill, Chief, Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, U.S. Department
of Agriculture, SEA/AR, Agricultural Environmental Quality Institute
-ACL, Beltsville, Maryland 20705, U.S.A.
Mr. N.F. Ives, Chemist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office
of Pesticide Programs, Hazard Evaluation Division TS-769, CM No. 2,
1921 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202, U.S.A.
Dr. E.M. Thain, Deputy Director, Tropical Products Institute, 56/62
Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8LU, U.K.
Observers Invited by FAO
Mr. C.W. Collier, Pest Management Specialist, U.S. Agency for
International Development DS/AGR, RPC 413C, Washington, D.C. 20530,
Ir. A.J. Pieters, Directorate of Public Health, Foodstuffs Division,
Dokter Reijersstraat 12, Leidschendam, Netherlands (Chairman of Codex
Committee on Pesticide Residues).
WHO Expert Group on Pesticide Residues
Prof. C. Amerasekera, Head, Department of Forensic Medicine,
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
Prof. E. Astolfi, Professor of Toxicology, Facultad de Medicina,
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ajacucho 1337, Buenos Aires (1111),
Dr. I. Nir-Grosfeld, Hebrew University, Herdanah Medical School,
Prof. D.V.W. Parke, Head, Department of Biochemistry, University of
Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, U.K.
Dr. O.E. Paynter, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Environmental
Affairs, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Prof. A. Somogyi, Director, Department of Drugs, Animal Nutrition and
Residue Research, Bundesgesundheitsamt, Thielallee 88-92, D-1000
Dr. R.L. Baron, Health Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711,
U.S.A. (WHO Temporary Adviser).
Mr. J.A.R. Bates, Pesticide Residues Specialist, Plant Protection
Service, FAO, 00100 Rome, Italy (Secretary of FAO Panel of Experts on
Pesticide Residues in Food and the Environment).
Dr. J. Cabral, Unit of Chemical Carcinogenesis, International Agency
for Research on Cancer, 150 Cours Albert-Thomas, 69372 Lyon Cedex 2,
France (WHO Temporary Adviser).
Mr. A.F. Machin, Senior Research Officer, Central Veterinary
Laboratory, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, New Haw,
Weybridge, Surrey KT15 3NB, U.K. (FAO Consultant).
Dr. M. van Logten, National Institute of Public Health, Bilthoven,
Netherlands (WHO Temporary Adviser).
Dr. G. Vettorazzi, Toxicologist - Food, International Programs on
Chemical Safety, Division of Environmental Health, WHO, 1211 Geneva
27, Switzerland (Secretary of WHO Expert Group on Pesticide Residues).
Dr. L. Ladomery, Food Standards Officer, Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards
Programme, FAO, Rome, Italy (Secretary of Codex Committee on Pesticide
Mr. J. Wessel, International Programme on Chemical Safety, Division of
Environmental Health, WHO, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland (WHO Temporary
Monographs edited by Mr. D.F. Lee and Dr. N.A. Smart (FAO Consultants)
The report of the joint meeting of the FAO Panel of Experts on
Pesticide Residues in Food and the Environment and the WHO Expert
Group on Pesticide Residues held in Rome from 6 to 15 October 1980,
contains a summary of the evaluations of residues in foods of the
various pesticides considered at the session as well as information on
the general principles followed by the meeting. The present document
contains summaries of the data considered, together with the
The information included in the monographs has been obtained from the
published literature wherever possible, but other sources have also
been used. Early and complete publications of the results of research
in this field are very important, particularly those data which can
form the basis for the estimation of acceptable daily intakes and
appropriate residue levels. Publication allows the research to be
assessed by scientists from disciplines not necessarily represented at
the meeting. Data contained in unpublished reports is less
satisfactory and, when considered, must be complete and
nonconfidential and indicate authorship.
Some of the compounds considered at this meeting have been previously
evaluated and reported on in earlier publications. Only new
information is summarized in the relevant monographs and reference is
made to the previously published evaluation(s) which should also be
consulted. Such monograph addenda are indicated by an asterisk in the
Annex 1 to this volume of monographs summarizes the recommendations on
acceptable daily intakes, maximum residue limits and guideline levels
made at the 1980 meeting. It has already appeared as an annex to the
report of the meeting.
Any comments on evaluation for acceptable daily intake should be
Food Safety Unit
World Health Organization
Any comments on residues in food and their evaluation should be
Pesticide Residues Specialist
Plant Protection Service
Plant Production and Protection Division
Food and Agriculture Organization