Pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables from South America – A Nordic project

Karen Hjorth, K. Johansen, B. Holen, A. Andersson, Hanne Bjerre Christensen, K. Siivinen, M. Toome

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the amount of pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables from South America. A total of 724 samples of 46 different fruits and vegetables from eight South American countries were collected in 2007. In 19% of the samples no residues were found, 72% of samples contained pesticide residues at or below MRL, and 8.4% of samples contained pesticide residues above MRL. Thiabendazole, imazalil and chlorpyrifos were the pesticide most frequently found. Thirty-seven pesticides were found with frequencies higher that 1% in the samples. The results emphasize the need for continuous monitoring of pesticide residues, especially in imported fruits and vegetables.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFood Control
Volume22
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)1701-1706
ISSN0956-7135
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • South America
  • Pesticides
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Residue analysis

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