Pesticide residues: new advice on foods for infants and young children

03 July 2018

Article: 52/2607

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has made a number of recommendations to further protect young infants from potential risks posed by pesticide residues in food.

The proposals are part of a comprehensive evaluation of the safety of pesticide residues in foods intended for infants and young children.

EFSA recommends that:

  • The maximum levels of certain types of pesticide residues that can be present in foods intended for infants and young children be reviewed. This would ensure ample protection for infants under 16 weeks even at the very highest possible exposure levels.
  • Specific safe intake levels of pesticide residues for infants below the age of 16 weeks could be established in accordance with the guidance of EFSA’s Scientific Committee.

Source: EFSA, 28 June 2018