DETERMINATION OF PESTICIDE RESIDUES AND HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT IN CUCUMBER AND EGGPLANT SOLD IN NORTHERN PART OF BANGLADESHRAWSHONA PARVIN, ALA’ ALI AHMAD AL-SUBEIHI, M. M. CHAYAN MAHMUD, MD. TAZUL ISLAM CHOWDHURY, MOHAMMAD DALOWER HOSSAIN PRODHAN AND MOHAMMED ARIFUL ISLAM
The presence of pesticide residues in vegetables and their potential effects on health is one of the prime concerns in Bangladesh. This current research work is designed to assess the health risk related with the consumption of cucumber and eggplant. A modified QuEChERS extraction technique along with Gas Chromatography-Flame Thermionic Detector (GC-FTD) was used to determine some major organophosphorus insecticides specifically fenitrothion, acephate, dimethoate, quinalphos, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion, widely available in the local market. Pesticide residues were detected in nine (four cucumbers, five egg plants) samples which were about 11% of the total analyzed samples. Mostly the Diazinon were present at a level above the European Union(EU). However, comparing the Estimated Daily Intake (EDI) values with the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) indicated that the contaminated samples could be considered as safe for consumption. Continuous monitoring and development of an effective traceability system throughout the supply chain and control measures are suggested to protect consumers âhealth.