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Research on assessing risk of endocrine disrupting pesticides

A recent scientific publication titled “Endocrine disrupting pesticides: Implications for risk assessment” and based on a UK case study identifies 127 endocrine disrupting (ED) pesticides based on relevant literature and lists their effects and modes of action.

Risk assessments are particularly difficult to execute on ED pesticides due to sparse data on non-agricultural routes of exposure and multi-factorial nature of several ED-related diseases.

Despite these difficulties, a large body of evidence has accumulated linking specific conditions to ED pesticides in wildlife and humans. The authors recommend a more precautionary approach to the use of ED pesticides, especially for non-essential purposes.

Original title and authors: "Endocrine disrupting pesticides: Implications for risk assessment" R. McKinlay, J.A. Plant, J.N.B. Bell, N. Voulvoulis Published in: Environment International 34 (2008) 168–183

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Last updated on 18 May 2011

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