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Pesticide News Story: Final Version of DEEM-FCID is Available

For Release: June 1, 2012

After considering feedback on the beta (evaluation) version of the Dietary Exposure Evaluation Model-Food Commodity Intake Database, the EPA is releasing the final version of the software. DEEM-FCID is a dietary exposure analysis system for performing chronic and acute exposure assessments. This final version will be used for regulatory purposes to conduct dietary risk assessments for estimating exposure and establishing pesticide tolerances. This version of DEEM-FCID contains more recent food commodity consumption data derived from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey/”What We Eat in America” for 2003-2008 (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm).  It replaces the USDA Continuing Survey of Food Intake by Individuals, 1994-96/1998 data, that has been used in dietary assessments.

DEEM-FCID can be used to estimate dietary intake of toxicants, nutrients, pesticides, food additives and natural constituents; in other words, for any component of food or water. EPA is able to use the software to estimate exposures for each eating occasion rather than considering the entire day’s food and drink intake at once. This will allow EPA to make more refined risk assessments where appropriate.

The DEEM-FCID software can be found and downloaded at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/science/deem/.

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