"Total Diet Studies" (TDS) are national surveys that aim to estimate people's exposure to chemical contaminants in food. They rely on the analysis of a large number of substances in food samples that reflect consumption by the population.
In view of the diet and particular vulnerability of infants and young children, ANSES conducted anInfant Total Diet Study (iTDS) to estimate dietary exposure of children under three years of age.Covering 97% of the diet of toddlers,this survey led to 670 substances in food being analysed and the risk being estimated for 400 of them.
To promote transparency and data sharing, ANSES is now publishing all the concentration data for the residues found in each food. These results provide information on contamination for each food and food group reflecting consumption by children under three years of age in France. Made available to the general public, these data can be used by all the stakeholders in this field, particularly research bodies and institutes, as well as by risk assessment agencies at European level.
The iTDS: key figures
6 years of work
More than 200,000 analytical results
covers 97% of the diet of children under 3 years of age
5484 products purchased, 457 samples
670 substances analysed
Dietary exposure assessed for 500 substances
Risk assessed for 400 substances, including 281 pesticide residues