Caren L. Broadhead and Robert D. Combes
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) continuously monitors the UK food supply to detect any possible harmful chemicals which are either intentionally or unintentionally present in human food. In the case of unintentional contaminants (for example, pesticide residues), specific concerns might be raised due to new scientific data being made available, or due to public and political concerns about a particular issue. MAFF relies on the Department of Health (DH) to assess the need for regulatory action to control exposure to chemicals of concern.
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