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Analysis of banned organochlorine pesticide residues in fruit and vegetable samples from a market in shillong, Meghalaya, using gas chromatography mass spectrometry

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Environmental Studies, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong-793022., Meghalaya, India
  • 2Department of Environmental Studies, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong-793022., Meghalaya, India

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 6, Issue (12), Pages 9-11, December,2 (2017)


In this study, six fruits and vegetable products (apple, grapes, tomato, lettuce, potato and cabbage) were collected from Iewduh market in Shillong which is the state capital of Meghalaya, India, and were tested to reveal whether they were contaminated with organochlorine pesticides which are banned under Indian Law for posing a threat to the health of humans as well as the environment. For the purpose of this study three banned organochlorines: dieldrin, heptachlor and endosulfan were chosen. A standard operating procedure using Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry was employed for their analysis.


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