Zeitschrift für Präventivmedizin

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 295–311 | Cite as

Additifs alimentaires et santé publique

  • Olivier Jeanneret
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Résumé

Les préoccupations relatives à la santé des collectivités humaines dans ce domaine se sont manifestées d'abord par la mise au point de législations nationales dont les bases et l'évolution sont très variables.

A l'échelle supra-nationale, des principes généraux ont ensuite été émis, dont la plupart sont encore admis et valables, mais dont l'application pratique se heurte à plusieurs obstacles d'ordre méthodologique et technique, en particulier lorsqu'il s'agit pour les épidémiologistes et les toxicologistes d'évaluer les risques à long terme.

Une coopération internationale s'avère de plus en plus indispensable pour des raisons d'ordre politique, économique et scientifique.

Quant aux organismes responsables de la santé publique, leur mission de contrôle et de surveillance doit se doubler d'une tâche d'éducation et d'information: celleci a évidemment pour but, à longue échéance, de rendre l'attitude des consommateurs plus objective, donc plus valable et plus constructive.

Summary

In this field, the concern for populations' health has first brought up various national legislations, the basis and trends of which have been largely divergent.

At the supra national level, general principles have been later published and most of them are still accepted as such. Nevertheless, their practicability is sometimes impaired by methodological and/or technical factors, regarding mainly the assessment of long term hazards, by toxicologists as well as by epidemiologists.

Although already initiated, an international cooperation remains barely needed (especially in Western Europe).

As far as the public health services are concerned, their responsibilities for supervision is to be supplemented by the paramount role of informing and educating the consumers, in order to make the attitude of the latter less irrational and more progressive.

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  • Olivier Jeanneret
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