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Pesticide residue assessment in different types of olive oil and preliminary exposure assessment of Greek consumers to the pesticide residues detected  [2009]

Amvrazi, Elpiniki G. Albanis, Triantafyllos A.

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In this study the occurrence and levels of multi-class pesticides in different types of virgin olive oil quality and origination were determined and the contribution of olive oil in the chronic risk of pesticide residues consumption in the Mediterranean diet was estimated. For this purpose, a multiresidue method for the determination of 35 pesticides in olive oil was evaluated and applied to a total number of 100 olive oil samples. Ten percent of the samples produced from fruits of conventional cultivations contained no detectable residues whereas in the rest samples were detected residues of 20 insecticides. The highest detection rates were observed for the residues of fenthion, dimethoate and endosulfan. The highest occurrence and levels of pesticides were observed in extra virgin olive oil whereas results pointed that residues in olive oil from variety of olives with high oil yield may be higher. Furthermore, olive oil from organic cultivations could be contaminated with pesticide residues and/or contain low levels of pesticide residues that are not registered for use in olive cultivations. For there were multiresidues of pesticides present in olive oil, there is no zero risk in consumption of olive oil. However, the exposure of olive oil consumers to each detected residue is far below the acceptable daily intake (ADI).

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Food chemistry

ISSN : 0308-8146