Residues in beeswax: a health risk for the consumer of honey and beeswax?

Olivier Wilmart, Anne Legrève, Marie-Louise Scippo, Wim Reybroeck, Bruno Urbain, Dirk C. de Graaf, Walter Steurbaut, Pascal Gustin, Bach Kim Nguyen, Claude Saegerman

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    A scenario analysis in regard to the risk of chronic exposure of consumers to residues through the consumption of contaminated honey and beeswax was conducted. Twenty-two plant protection products and veterinary substances of which residues have already been detected in beeswax in Europe were selected. The potential chronic exposure was assessed by applying a worst-case scenario based on the addition of a “maximum” daily intake through the consumption of honey and beeswax to the theoretical maximum daily intake through other foodstuffs. For each residue, the total exposure was finally compared to the acceptable daily intake. It is concluded that the food consumption of honey and beeswax contaminated with these residues considered separately does not compromise the consumer’s health, provided proposed action limits are met. In regard to residues of flumethrin in honey and in beeswax, “zero tolerance” should be applied.
    Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
    Artikel nummerDOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.6b02813
    TijdschriftJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
    Pagina's (van-tot)8425-8434
    Aantal pagina’s10
    PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 14-okt.-2016


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