Nutritional Profiling and the Problem of Pesticides

Food allergy is a growing concern for many individuals, with allergic reactions to certain foods affecting up to 10% of infants, 4-8% of children and 2% of adults in Australia. To ensure the safety of the food supply, it is important to test for potential allergens and contaminants such as pesticide residues. Pesticides are chemicals used to control pests in agricultural crops. While they can be effective in protecting crops from insects, weeds, and fungi, they can also pose a potential health risk to humans when they are present in the food we eat.