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A Rapid Method of Analysis of Organophosphate Pesticides in Mandarin Essential Oils

By: Francesco Gionfriddo, Enrico Postorino and Giuseppe Calabrò
Posted: March 17, 2009, from the March 2009 issue of P&F magazine.

Despite the health risks and hazards of pesticides for the environment due to their toxicity and persistence, their use is considered essential in modern intensive agriculture so long as they are subject to careful and rigorous controls in terms of application method, frequency, quantity of use and picking times after the last treatment. In order to quantify some organophosphate pesticides in industrial cold-pressed mandarin essential oils obtained from Calabrian fruits (Italy), a rapid and simple gas-chromatographic method using capillary columns and a flame photometric detector (FPD) was conducted.

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