Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 185, Issue 11, pp 8873–8878 | Cite as

Consumer exposure to pesticide residues in apples from the region of south-eastern Poland

  • Ewa SzpyrkaEmail author
  • Anna Kurdziel
  • Magdalena Słowik-Borowiec
  • Magdalena Grzegorzak
  • Aneta Matyaszek


The production of apples in Poland is the largest among the countries of the European Union, and therefore, the consumption of these fruits is high in our country. The aim of this study was to determine the presence of pesticide residues in Polish apples and to assess if these residues pose a risk to the health of the consumer. Furthermore, compliance with legal regulations concerning the use of plant protection products in crop cultivation was ascertained. Pesticide residues were found in 192 samples (61.5 % of tested samples). In six samples (1.9 %), residues exceeded maximum residue limits. Violations concerned the insecticides: indoxacarb, diazinon and fenitrothion. The highest long-term consumer exposure was found in the case of consumption of apples with diazinon residue for both groups, adults and toddlers [4 % acceptable daily intake (ADI), adults; 21 % ADI, toddlers]. The highest values of short-term exposure were obtained in the case of consumption of apples with indoxacarb [5 % acute reference dose (ARfD), adults; 27 % ARfD, toddlers] and fenitrothion (4 % ARfD, adults; 23 % ARfD, toddlers). Although fungicides are the pesticides found most often in apples, the consumption of apples with insecticide residues constitutes the greatest hazard to human health.


Pesticide residues Dietary exposure Intake 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ewa Szpyrka
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anna Kurdziel
    • 1
  • Magdalena Słowik-Borowiec
    • 1
  • Magdalena Grzegorzak
    • 1
  • Aneta Matyaszek
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Pesticide Residue Analysis, Regional Experimental Station in RzeszowInstitute of Plant Protection – National Research InstituteRzeszowPoland

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