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Analysis of Lindane and Dieldrin in food samples collected from a market in Shillong city, India, by gas chromatography-Mass spectrometry

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Environmental Studies, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong-793022, Meghalaya, India
  • 2Department of Environmental Studies, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong-793022, Meghalaya, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 7, Issue (8), Pages 7-11, August,10 (2018)


Lindane and Dieldrin are organochlorine pesticides which have been used in the agricultural and health sector to control the population of pest as well as disease carrying vectors. Both these pesticides have several health impacts which include Lindane being classed as a human carcinogen and Dieldrin as a probable human carcinogen. They have also been banned in numerous countries including India due to their negative effects. Therefore, these two organochlorine compounds pose a serious threat to the well being of those who are exposed to them. One of the possible routes of exposure to these pesticides is by ingesting food products which are contaminated by them. In order to ensure that food consumed is free from any harmful contamination levels regular testing for pesticide residues is essential. In this study, samples of nine food products were collected from Iewduh Market in Shillong City, India, and were analysed for any possible contamination by Lindane and Dieldrin using Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) following standard operating procedures. From the study performed it was observed that pesticide residue levels of both Lindane and Dieldrin were Below Detectable Limit (> 0.1mg/kg) in all food samples.


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