The ever-increasing reports of the presence of potentially toxic chemicals in foods intended for infants and young children cause alarm amongst the public and pose problems for the regulatory bodies who set limits for chemical contaminants in foods.
In this viewpoint article, we wish to bring attention to the fact that ingants and children represent special subgroups of the population for which specific safety considerations should be considered.
We propose the application of a scientific, risk-based strategy for the establishment of regulatory standards for food products aimed at this age group.
Such an approach will allow the limited resources available to be focused proactively on reducing health risks, rather than reacting to perceived emotional issues.
Mots-clés Pascal : Toxicité, Concentration maximale admissible, Dose limite, Evaluation, Risque, Aliment pour nourrisson, Produit alimentaire, Enfant, Homme, Contamination chimique, Législation, Innocuité, Prévention, Dose sans effet
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Toxicity, Maximum permissible concentration, Limit dose, Evaluation, Risk, Infant food, Foodstuff, Child, Human, Chemical contamination, Legislation, Harmlessness, Prevention, No observed effect level
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0194719
Code Inist : 002A35A01. Création : 21/05/1997.