Current And Future Implications

Food chemical risk assessment practices are dynamic and evolving. The passage of the FQPA has clearly presented challenges to those responsible for modeling the exposure and dose-response characteristics of pesticides that leave food residues. Regulatory implementation of the FQPA has the potential to significantly impact pest management practices, both in the U.S. and abroad, by limiting the types of pesticides allowed and/or restricting their uses. It is critical that regulatory decision making be based on the best available science and that decision makers maintain flexibility as the science evolves and improves. It is likely that models for dose response and exposure assessment for other food chemicals will incorporate the scientific advances developed for pesticide residues in foods.

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