Estimation of the dietary intake of pesticide residues, lead, cadmium, arsenic and radionuclides in France

Food Addit Contam. 2000 Nov;17(11):925-32. doi: 10.1080/026520300750038108.


Estimation of the dietary exposure of French consumers to 10 pesticides (omethoate, oxydemeton, phosalon, phosphamidon, triazophos, dicofol (op' + pp'), parathion ethyl, dichlorvos, procymidon and vinchlozolin), three heavy metals (lead, cadmium and arsenic) and three radionuclides (134caesium, 137caesium and 131iodine) from collected duplicate portion in mass catering establishments in 1998/1999 are reported, and compared with those from previous French studies as well as those from other countries. Dietary exposure estimates appear to be reassuring, in that Estimated Daily Intake (EDI) estimates are generally low, representing at maximum only 4% of the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for pesticide residues and 28% of the Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intake (PTWI) for heavy metals. Moreover, none of the three radionuclides has been found in duplicate meals. When comparisons are possible, estimated dietary exposures for heavy metals are lower than those from previous French studies and similar or above those from other countries.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arsenic / analysis*
  • Cadmium / analysis*
  • Child
  • Chromatography, Gas
  • Food Analysis*
  • France
  • Humans
  • Lead / analysis*
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Maximum Allowable Concentration
  • Middle Aged
  • Pesticide Residues / analysis*
  • Radioisotopes / analysis*
  • Spectrophotometry, Atomic


  • Pesticide Residues
  • Radioisotopes
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Arsenic