Residues and risks

Professor J.G. McLean, Division of Science, Engineering and Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia.

This paper will examine the assessment of agricultural chemicals and whether residues are associated with any risk to consumers of agricultural products.

Risk is defined as the probability that a particular adverse event may occur during a specified period of time. In this discussion the adverse event is a deleterious effect on the health of consumers and the time period is a lifetime of consumption of treated produce.


Plant Protection Quarterly (1996) 11 (3) 94-95.