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Environmental monitoring and assessment

Pesticide residues in dried table grapes from the Aegean region of Turkey.


PMID 19533395

Abstract

Dried grapes make the ideal low-calorie snack. The formation of gray mold during the drying of the grapes can severely decrease production. Pesticides and fungicides are applied to prevent losses due to pests and mold. Dried grapes from 99 farms in the Aegean region were sampled for pesticide residues. Of the 26 pesticides analyzed for, chlorpyrifos methyl, chlorpyrifos ethyl, deltamethrin, lambda-cyolathrin, dichlofluanid, iprodione, and procymidone were detected in the dried grapes. Only seven samples contained residues above the maximum residue limit. It is important to note that pesticide residues were only present in samples originating from vineyards using conventional farming practices.