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|Title: ||Risk of human dietary exposure to organochlorine pesticide residues in fruits from Ghana|
|Authors: ||Forkuoh, Frederick|
Boadi, Nathaniel Owusu
Borquaye, Lawrence Sheringham
|Issue Date: ||12-Nov-2018|
|Abstract: ||The objectives of this present study were to assess the level of organochlorine pesticide (OCP) residues
in fruits and to determine the potential health risks associated with the exposure to these pesticides.
A total of 120 fruits (watermelon, pineapple, and banana) were collected from fve communities and
a local market within the Mampong Municipality and analyzed for organochlorine pesticide residues.
The results showed that the concentrations ranged from not detectable (ND)–48.22ng/g for DDTs,
ND–19.03ng/g for HCHs, ND–4.10ng/g for CHLs, ND–22.84ng/g for Aldrin, and ND–11.53ng/g for
other OCPs. Levels of methoxychlor, Aldrin and gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) exceeded the
maximum residue limits in watermelon. Estimated health risk revealed that Aldrin in watermelon
could pose potential toxicity to the consumer. Estimated average daily intake for Aldrin was above the
acceptable average daily intake.|
|Description: ||An article published by Springer and also available at DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-35205-w|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Science|
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