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Pesticides in drinking water: how does ANSES contribute to protecting consumer health?

Updated on 31/05/2021

Keywords : Water, Pesticides, Tap water

As they disperse in our environment, pesticides can be transformed into one or more other compounds called "metabolites". The active substances of pesticides and their metabolites are therefore liable to contaminate water resources and end up in drinking water (DW). ANSES supports the authorities in managing situations where the regulatory limits are exceeded, in order to guarantee consumer health. It has also designed a method for identifying which pesticide metabolites warrant priority attention, with regard to the health issues associated with drinking water consumption.

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