, Volume 98, Issue 1-3, pp 381-389

Organochlorine Pesticide Residues in Wheat and Drinking Water Samples from Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Abstract

The organochlorine pesticide contamination in dietary sources has caused serious threat to the human progeny. The present studywas therefore conducted to evaluate the pesticide contaminationin wheat flour and drinking water from Jaipur City, Rajasthan,India using Gas Chromatograph. All the wheat and water sampleswere found to be contaminated with various organochlorinepesticide residues of DDT and its metabolites, HCH and itsisomers, heptachlor and its expoxide and aldrin. The amount ofpesticide detected in wheat flour was higher than the permissible limitsprescribed by WHO/FAO. In drinking water only a few pesticidesexceeded the permissible limits. Seasonal variations ofpesticides residues were also observed during the study period.