Pesticide News Story: Pesticide Dietary Exposure Database and Software Now Available
For Release: March 29, 2013
The EPA has released an updated version of the Dietary Exposure Evaluation Model-Food Commodity Intake Database (DEEM-FCID)/Calendex software (v. 3.18/9.14). This replaces the previous version posted on the EPA website and made available to the public in June 2012. The DEEM-FCID software can be found and downloaded at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/science/deem/.
DEEM-FCID/Calendex is software that can perform chronic and acute dietary, aggregate and cumulative exposure assessments. Updates to this version of DEEM include fixes to the half-life calculation and the batch file utility, as well as some edits to the wording used in the software. This version contains the same food commodity consumption data, derived from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey/”What We Eat in America” (NHANES/WWEIA) for 2003-2008, as the previous DEEM version.
As an additional move to increase the transparency and public availability of dietary exposure software, the data used by DEEM are available on the website of the University of Maryland’s Joint Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (JIFSAN) at http://fcid.foodrisk.org. With this release of the updated version of DEEM-FCID/Calendex, the JIFSAN website has also been updated and now makes available the 2003-2008 FCID raw data files that were incorporated into DEEM-FCID/Calendex. In addition, JIFSAN has developed several online applications to facilitate the process by which information from the raw data files can be accessed and interpreted by the general public, including the release of a consumption calculator that considerably simplifies the use of the data for routine food and food commodity consumption queries. JIFSAN has also made available a FAQ list that describes the data and information available on the JIFSAN foodrisk.org website as well as the history of, sources for and background behind the EPA’s development of FCID for dietary exposure assessment purposes. The efforts to make these files more publically available, transparent and easy to use were funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.