Centre for Food Safety and European Commission

Regional Symposium on
Regulation of Pesticide Residues in Food

Use of pesticides has become a common agricultural practice for enhancing and stabilising the crop yield, as well as protecting the nutritional integrity of food. On the other hand, exposure to pesticide residues in food and the adverse health effects of pesticides are issues of concern to consumers, food producers, academics and government agencies. To better protect public health, facilitate effective regulatory control and promote harmonisation between local and international standards, the Government of Hong Kong proposes to introduce a new subsidiary legislation to regulate pesticide residues in food in Hong Kong.

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, in collaboration with the European Commission (EC), is organising a symposium on 27 and 28 March 2009. The aim of this one and a half-day Symposium is to keep participants informed of the latest development in the regulation of pesticides residues in food in the international arena. Topics of the Symposium will centre around three areas of pesticide residues in food, namely, Regulatory Control, Risk Assessment and Standard Setting. It is our honour to have a number of distinguished speakers from Mainland China and overseas food safety authorities, in addition to the experts from the European Union, to share with us their experience, expertise and insight in these areas.