John Libbey Eurotext

Environnement, Risques & Santé


Consommation de fruits et légumes contenant des résidus de pesticides : évaluation bénéfices/risques pour la population québecoise Volume 17, issue 3, May-June 2018



This news is based on the following article: Valcke M, Bourgault M-H, Rochette L, et al. Human health risk assessment on the consumption of fruits and vegetables containing residual pesticides: a cancer and non-cancer risk/benefit perspective. Environment International 2017 ; 108 : 63-74. doi : 10.1016/j.envint.2017.07.023


This first estimation for Québec indicates that regular intake of fruits and vegetables far outweighs the risk of cancer caused by exposure to the pesticide residues they contain. For each case of pesticide-induced cancer, 87-113 cancer cases are prevented. However, around 10 pesticides require particular attention for their risk of chronic non-carcinogenic toxicity.