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Pesticide residues in Italian Ready-Meals and dietary intake estimation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17763040     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The investigations carried out during 2005 by state-run Italian laboratories within the framework of controls seeking pesticide residues monitoring in foodstuffs involve quantifying the levels of such residues in fruit and vegetable produce and their processed products: oil, wine and fruit juices. The Italian Ready-Meal Residue Project, promoted by the pesticides working group of Italian Environmental Agencies, seeks to asses the quantity of pesticides in pre-prepared (ready-to-eat) lunches (comprising a first course, side dish, fruit, bread and wine), and to quantify the amounts consumed and compare with the acceptable daily intake ADIs. The data provided by 16 laboratories which analyzed 50 complete meals in 2005 (samples taken on 8 February, 26 May, 24 October, 21 December 2005) showed residues in 39 lunches, with an average number of 2.4 pesticides in each meal and a maximum of 10 pesticides. The most frequently found substances were: pirimiphos-methyl (20 times), procymidone (17), pyrimethanil (7), iprodione (7), cyprodinil (7), fenitrothion (6), diphenylamine (6), chlorpyrifos (6), metalaxyl (5) and chlorpyrifos-methyl (5). The distribution of residues among each dish of the meal was also examined, and the results showed that: 77.3% of the residues were present in the fruit, 14.9% in the wine, 3.0% in the main course, 2.8% in the bread and 2.1% in the side dish. Assuming that two meals are consumed per day, the daily intake of pesticide residues was calculated on a daily basis, in relation to normal body weight (60 kg for an adult, 40 kg for a teenager, 20 kg for a child) and compared with the ADI values established by the European Union. In the case of adults, the average daily intake of pesticides in relation to ADI was 2.6% with a maximum of 73.3%; for teenagers it was 4.9% with a maximum of 109% and for children it was 9.8% with a peak of 219%.
Michele Lorenzin
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental science and health. Part. B, Pesticides, food contaminants, and agricultural wastes     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0360-1234     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Sci Health B     Publication Date:    2007 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-31     Completed Date:  2007-12-06     Revised Date:  2009-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7607167     Medline TA:  J Environ Sci Health B     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  823-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
Provincial Agency for Environmental Protection, Trento, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Beverages / analysis
Food Analysis / methods*
Food Contamination / analysis*
Fruit / chemistry
Maximum Allowable Concentration
Oils / chemistry
Pesticide Residues / analysis*
Risk Assessment*
Vegetables / chemistry
Wine / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Oils; 0/Pesticide Residues
Erratum In:
J Environ Sci Health B. 2008 Feb;43(2):205

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