Exposure to pesticide residues in honey and its potential cancer risk assessment

Food Chem Toxicol. 2023 Aug 31:114014. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2023.114014. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTHoney is the most recognized natural food by-product of flower nectar and the upper aero-digestive tract of the honeybees. Significance of honey for its medicinal importance are well-documented in the world's oldest medical literatures. However, the current urbanization, environmental contaminations and changes in agricultural, as well as apiculture practices has led to various types of contaminations in honey. Among all, pesticide contamination has become one of the major issues worldwide. This review focuses on the recent updates concerning pesticides occurrence in honey, as well as how the repeated use and long-term exposure to honey contaminated with pesticide residues could affect the human physiological functions, possibly leading to the development of various cancers. Our findings suggests that uncontrolled use of pesticides in farming and apiculture practices leads to the occurrence of pesticides residues in honey. Therefore, regular consumption of such honey will pose a serious threat to human health, since most of the pesticides has been reported as potential carcinogens. This review will draw the attention of honey consumers, scientific communities, apiculture farmers, as well as governing bodies to strictly monitor the pesticide usage in floriculture, agriculture as well as other related practices.PMID:37659576 | DOI:10.1016/j.fct.2023.114014
Source: Food and Chemical Toxicology - Category: Food Science Authors: Source Type: research