Stakeholder attitudes towards cumulative and aggregate exposure assessment of pesticides

Wim Verbeke*, Ellen J. Van Loo, Filiep Vanhonacker, Ilse Delcour, Pieter Spanoghe, Jacob D. van Klaveren

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Abstract

This study evaluates the attitudes and perspectives of different stakeholder groups (agricultural producers, pesticide manufacturers, trading companies, retailers, regulators, food safety authorities, scientists and NGOs) towards the concepts of cumulative and aggregate exposure assessment of pesticides by means of qualitative in-depth interviews (n = 15) and a quantitative stakeholder survey (n = 65). The stakeholders involved generally agreed that the use of chemical pesticides is needed, primarily for meeting the need of feeding the growing world population, while clearly acknowledging the problematic nature of human exposure to pesticide residues. Current monitoring was generally perceived to be adequate, but the timeliness and consistency of monitoring practices across countries were questioned. The concept of cumulative exposure assessment was better understood by stakeholders than the concept of aggregate exposure assessment. Identified pitfalls were data availability, data limitations, sources and ways of dealing with uncertainties, as well as information and training needs. Regulators and food safety authorities were perceived as the stakeholder groups for whom cumulative and aggregate pesticide exposure assessment methods and tools would be most useful and acceptable. Insights obtained from this exploratory study have been integrated in the development of targeted and stakeholder-tailored dissemination and training programmes that were implemented within the EU-FP7 project ACROPOLIS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-79
Number of pages10
JournalFood and Chemical Toxicology
Volume79
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ACROPOLIS EU-FP7
  • Attitudes
  • Communication
  • Exposure assessment
  • Pesticides
  • Stakeholder involvement

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