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Background statement prepared by Joint FAO/IAEA Secretariat. Terminal pesticide and radiochemical residues in food as a function of habitat and dietary habit. Background statement prepared by the WHO Secretariat. FAO Pesticide Programme. FAO Information Sheet AGP: PP/INF/70/1. Variations in dietary pattern as a means to determine probable intake of pesticide or radiochemical residues. Working paper prepared by J. R. Lupien (FAO). Influence of diet on nature 8c magnitude of terminal pesticide residues.

The level of dietary residue intake below which no effect on the ingesting organism can be detected - see section 3 of report. Subject to defined assumptions and restrictions "maximum permissible burdens" for specific radionuclides have been estimated which give rise to radiation doses not exceeding the ICRP limits for occupational exposure, but see section 3 of report. 2. 1. Terminal pesticide and radiochemical residues in food as a function of habitat and dietary habit. Background statement prepared by Joint FAO/IAEA Secretariat.

Recognizing the urgent a n d i m p o r t a n t need to inform the public in simple una m b i g u o u s language a b o u t the relative h a z a r d s a n d exposures to different cont a m i n a n t s of food a n d environment, the panel r e c o m m e n d s the Directors General, in cooperation w i t h other U N Agencies, to improve joint public c o m m u n i c a t i o n in this area. 2. Recognizing t h e need a n d value of interdisciplinary meetings o n t h e problems of food a n d environmental c o n t a m i n a t i o n by all classes of chemicals including radioactive substances to e x a m i n e the possibility of convening further meetings in which experts could be b r o u g h t together from different disciplines in order better to establish priorities, t o ensure the use of m o r e uniform a n d less ambiguous terminology, a n d better to exploit c o m m o n information sources a n d resources.

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