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Organochlorine residues pose surprisingly high dietary risks.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12388569     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
All US government pesticide residue datasets show that persistent organochlorine (OC) insecticide residues are surprisingly common in certain foods despite being off the market for over 20 years. Residues of dieldrin, in particular, pose substantial risks in certain root crops. About 60% of the samples of organic vegetables found to contain pesticides are contaminated with OCs. Government regulators, organic certifiers, and the food industry will face growing pressure to develop methods to identify OC contaminated fields and avoid production of crops prone to assimilating OC residues in harvested foodstuffs.
C M Benbrook
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comment; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of epidemiology and community health     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0143-005X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Epidemiol Community Health     Publication Date:  2002 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-21     Completed Date:  2002-12-27     Revised Date:  2008-11-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909766     Medline TA:  J Epidemiol Community Health     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  822-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Benbrook Consulting Services, Idaho, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Dieldrin / adverse effects
Food Contamination / analysis*
Health Food / analysis
Insecticides / adverse effects*
Pesticide Residues / adverse effects*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Insecticides; 0/Pesticide Residues; 60-57-1/Dieldrin
Comment On:
J Epidemiol Community Health. 2002 Nov;56(11):813-7   [PMID:  12388566 ]

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