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F o o d derived from chemically-protected crops a n d livestock is n o t the only factor in p o p u l a t i o n e x p o s u r e t o pesticides. Such factors as inhalation exposure a n d the increasing household use of pesticides should also be considered. g. g. by the use of waste proteins for animal foods). 3. Radioactive s u b s t a n c e s in f o o d Despite the wide spectrum of radioactive fission p r o d u c t s arising in nuclear reactors or from explosive nuclear reactions only a few "critical" radionuclides have merited study in the context of food contamination.

Terminal Pesticide Residues and Radioactive Substances in Food cereal. Some coastal p o p u l a t i o n s m a y eat far m o r e fish t h a n inland communities. These a n d other variations influence the level of dietary intake of radioactive substances a n d the quantity a n d n a t u r e of ingested "terminal pesticide residues". ) used in the p r o d u c t i o n a n d storage of food often vary according to country, crop a n d climate. Dietary variations also occur w^ithin countries a n d between different ethnic, social, and income groups.

G. "environmental t o l e r a n c e " a n d "practical residue limit". Such considerations illustrated t h e need for coordinated study a n d resolution at international level. 3. C o m m u n i c a t i o n witli the pubiic T h e panel considered t h a t a major p r o blem exists in relation t o the need for improved c o m m u n i c a t i o n in the field of environmental pollution in order to ensure a balanced presentation t o t h e p u b lic. Whilst the panel recognized t h a t it was n o t within its province to r e c o m m e n d m e t h o d s of p u b h c c o m m u n i c a t i o n , it did feel able t o identify some serious p r o b lems.

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