Pesticides, selected elements, and other chemicals in adult total diet samples, October 1978-September 1979

J Assoc Off Anal Chem. Sep-Oct 1985;68(5):862-75.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducts Total Diet Studies to determine the dietary intake of selected pesticides, industrial chemicals, and elements (including radionuclides). These studies involve the retail purchase and analysis of foods representative of the diets of infants, toddlers, and adults. The individual food items are separated into a number of food groups, each of which is analyzed as a composite. This report summarizes the results for adult Total Diet samples collected in 20 cities between October 1978 and September 1979. The average concentration, range of concentrations, and calculated average daily intake of each chemical found are presented by food group. The average daily intakes of the chemicals are similar to those found in the several preceding years and are within acceptable limits. The results for samples collected during the same period that represent the diets of infants and toddlers are reported separately.

MeSH terms

  • Food Analysis*
  • Humans
  • Pesticides / analysis*
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration


  • Pesticides