Harmonised pesticide risk trend indicator for food (HAPERITIF): The methodological approach

Maura Calliera, Antonio Finizio, Giovanna Azimonti, Emilio Benfenati, Marco Trevisan

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To provide a harmonised European approach for pesticide risk indicators, the Sixth EU Framework Programme recently financed the HAIR (HArmonised environmental Indicators for pesticide Risk) project. This paper illustrates the methodology underlying a new indicator - HAPERITIF (HArmonised PEsticide Risk Trend Indicator for Food), developed in HAIR, for tracking acute and chronic pesticide risk trends for consumers. The acute indicator, HAPERITIF ac, is based on the ratio between an estimated short-term intake (ESTI), calculated as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the acute reference dose (ARfD); the chronic indicator HAPERITIFchr is based on the ratio between an estimated daily intake (EDI) and the admissible daily intake (ADI). HAPERITIF can be applied at different levels of aggregation. Each level gives information for proper risk management of pesticides to reduce the risk associated with food consumption. An example of application using realistic scenarios of pesticide treatments on a potato crop in central-northern Italy is reported to illustrate the different steps of HAPERITIF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1168-1176
Number of pages9
JournalPest Management Science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


  • Consumers
  • Food
  • Pesticide risk trend indicator
  • Risk management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Insect Science


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