Evaluation of pesticide residues of organochlorine in vegetables and fruits in Qatar: statistical analysis

  • Noora M. Al-Shamary
  • Mohammad A. Al-Ghouti
  • Ismail Al-Shaikh
  • Saeed H. Al-Meer
  • Talaat A. Ahmad


The study aimed to examine the residues of organochlorines pesticides (OCPs) in vegetables and fruits in Qatar. A total of 127 samples was studied. Ninety percent of the imported samples recorded residues above the maximum residue levels (MRLs). The most frequently detected OCP in the samples was heptachlor (found in 75 samples). In the comparisons between the washed and unwashed samples, no significant differences were observed (P > 0.05). However, the effect of washing process with tap water depended on the type of vegetables and fruits.


Organochlorine Pesticide residues GC-ECD/GC-MS Fruits and vegetables Statistical analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noora M. Al-Shamary
    • 1
  • Mohammad A. Al-Ghouti
    • 2
  • Ismail Al-Shaikh
    • 1
  • Saeed H. Al-Meer
    • 3
  • Talaat A. Ahmad
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental Science CenterQatar UniversityDohaState of Qatar
  2. 2.Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and ScienceQatar UniversityDohaState of Qatar
  3. 3.Chemistry and Earth Sciences, College of Arts and ScienceQatar UniversityDohaState of Qatar

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