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Pesticides

New Model Helps Calculate Exposure to Food Surface Sanitizers

For Release: May 31, 2017

The Food Contact Sanitizing Solutions Model (FCSSM) was developed to estimate indirect dietary exposure to components of sanitizing solutions used in commercial settings. The model offers guidance for estimating exposure where there may be inadvertent transfer of residue to edible items prepared or transported on surfaces treated with these pesticides. The model consists of spreadsheets that automatically calculate exposure and risk estimates based on data entered by the user.

Along with the new model, EPA is offering a user guide that provides background information on the model and familiarizes users with the inputs required to run the model.

This model can save registrants time and money spent on complex scientific exposure calculations and help ensure accurate and appropriate estimates are used when evaluating dietary exposure risks from antimicrobial pesticides.

Learn more about models used for pesticide risk assessments.