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    Data and recommendations of the joint meeting
    of the FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues
    in Food and the Environment and the
    WHO Expert Group on Pesticide Residues
    Geneva, 5 - 14 December 1983

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Rome 1985




         In 1981, the Meeting discussed the relationship between
    dimethoate, omethoate and formothion and made a series of
    recommendations aimed at harmonizing maximum residue limits (MRLs) for
    these pesticides.1 It agreed to review these compounds at a future
    Meeting, with the aim of establishing separate MRLs for dimethoate and
    omethoate. When this matter was considered at the 14th and 15th
    Sessions of Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues it was recommended
    that all three compounds should be reviewed together, in the light of
    comments from governments and other interested bodies.

         The Meeting had access to several reports submitted previously by
    the Government of the Netherlands. A partial review of scientific
    literature indexed in computer data bases revealed that there is
    extensive literature on the subject. The Meeting was also aware that
    dimethoate had been reviewed in the United States and the Netherlands
    and considered that the outcome of these reviews should be taken into

         It was, therefore, agreed that the proposed review of dimethoate
    should be postponed until 1984 and that it should also include
    omethoate and formothion, with a view to determining whether there is
    a systematic relationship between the concentration of the respective
    residues when either compound is applied.


    1  See Annex 2 for FAO and WHO documentation.

    See Also:
       Toxicological Abbreviations
       Dimethoate (EHC 90, 1989)
       Dimethoate (HSG 20, 1988)
       Dimethoate (ICSC)
       Dimethoate (FAO Meeting Report PL/1965/10/1)
       Dimethoate (FAO/PL:CP/15)
       Dimethoate (FAO/PL:1967/M/11/1)
       Dimethoate (JMPR Evaluations 2003 Part II Toxicological)
       Dimethoate (AGP:1970/M/12/1)
       Dimethoate (Pesticide residues in food: 1984 evaluations)
       Dimethoate (Pesticide residues in food: 1984 evaluations)
       Dimethoate (Pesticide residues in food: 1987 evaluations Part II Toxicology)
       Dimethoate (Pesticide residues in food: 1996 evaluations Part II Toxicological)