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Monitoring of Seasonal Vegetables for Pesticide Residues


Market samples (60) of six seasonal vegetables were monitoredduring 1996–1997 to determine the magnitude of pesticidalcontamination. The estimation of insecticide residuesrepresenting four major chemical groups i.e. organochlorine,organophosphorous, synthetic pyrethroid and carbamate, was doneby adopting a multiresidue analytical technique employingGC-ECD and GC-NPD systems with capillary columns. The testedsamples showed 100% contamination with low but measurableamounts of residues. Among the four chemical groups, theorganophosphates were dominant followed by organochlorines,synthetic pyrethroids and carbamates. About 23% of the samplesshowed contamination with organophosphorous compounds abovetheir respective MRL values. More extensive studies coveringdifferent regions of Haryana state are suggested to get a clearidea of the magnitude of vegetable contamination with pesticideresidues.

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Kumari, B., Madan, V.K., Kumar, R. et al. Monitoring of Seasonal Vegetables for Pesticide Residues. Environ Monit Assess 74, 263–270 (2002).

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  • capillary
  • column
  • maximum residue limit (MRL)
  • monitoring
  • multiresidues
  • organochlorine (OC)
  • organophosphate(OP)
  • synthetic pyrethroid (SP)