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Food Safety: International Fresenius Conference in Mainz to discuss pesticide residues in food and the associated assessment of the risk to human health

Akademie Fresenius is currently inviting participants to join the 16th international Conference “Food Safety and Dietary Risk Assessment" in Mainz on 17 and 18 April. Top-ranking experts from Europe, the USA and Kenya will be discussing pesticide residues, cumulative risk assessment, the assessment of chemical mixtures, metabolite assessment, the acute risk of uptake through food, short-term dietary exposure for pesticide residues (IESTI) and the establishment of MRLs.

The agenda includes studies with a view to defining a concept for metabolites in plants as well as the genotoxicological assessment of metabolites. An improved assessment procedure for mixtures in plant protection products and the harmonisation of risk assessment methods are also on the agenda – as are the assessment of the toxicological properties of co-formulants, a status report on the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) workgroup on the harmonisation of risk assessment methodologies as well as an update on the work of the EuroMix project (in this project (European Test and Risk Assessment Strategies for Mixtures), scientists from 15 nations are aiming to develop a strategy for examining and assessing the toxicity of chemical mixtures in food). In addition, the participants will be mutually discussing critical questions on the IESTI equation and will be receiving information on import tolerances for active substances which fall under the cut-off criteria – from both a trade policy and consumer protection perspective.


  • Alan Boobis, Imperial College London
  • Monika Bross, BASF
  • Christopher Dobe, Syngenta Crop Protection
  • Caroline Harris, Exponent
  • Christer Hogstrand, King’s College London
  • Karsten Hohgardt, Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety
  • Susanne Hougaard Bennekou, Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Danish EPA)
  • Angelo Moretto, International Centre for Pesticides and Health Risk Prevention (ICPS)
  • Lucy M. Namu, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)
  • Christian Prohaska, Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES)
  • Dieter Schrenk, University of Kaiserslautern
  • Trijntje van der Velde-Koerts, Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RVIM)
  • Jacob van Klaveren, RIVM
  • Gaelle Vial, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) 
  • Bruce Young, Bayer Crop Science Division

The complete programme will be available here shortly!

Dates: 17 and 18 April 2018

Location: Mainz 

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