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Determination of Pesticide Residues in Honey Samples from East Shewa and West Arsi Zones of Oromia, Ethiopia

Honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) play an important ecological and economic role in the pollination service of crops. Pesticide residues in honey can happen when bees in search nectar and pollen, visit crops that have been treated with various agrochemicals for different reasons. The presence of pollutants in honey can influence honeybee colony performance and devalue its use for human consumption. The aims of this study were to determine pesticide residue levels in honey samples from East Shewa and West Arsi zone and to identify type of pesticides present in honey samples. A total of 24 honey samples were collected from apiaries different localities just after harvesting. Honey samples were analyzed using gas chromatography mass spectrometry. Among different pesticides analyzed in honey samples, Chlorpyrifos was the most frequently detected (16.7%) followed by Endosulfan sulphate (12.5%) and Profenofos (8.3%). The average recoveries of pesticides ranged between 72% and 102.4%, with relative standard deviation less than 20%. All the pesticide residues detected were very low and below their respective maximum residue limits set by the European Union. Hence, pesticide residues in honey samples analyzed do not pose any health risk to consumers. Although the study results showed none significant pesticide residue in the analyzed honey samples, a special precaution should be taken regarding to production of pesticides, their sale, and application in the future.

Honey, Honeybees, Pesticides Residues, Organophosphorus

APA Style

Taye Beyene, Desta Abi, Mekonen Woldatsadik. (2023). Determination of Pesticide Residues in Honey Samples from East Shewa and West Arsi Zones of Oromia, Ethiopia. American Journal of Applied Chemistry, 11(4), 112-115.

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Taye Beyene; Desta Abi; Mekonen Woldatsadik. Determination of Pesticide Residues in Honey Samples from East Shewa and West Arsi Zones of Oromia, Ethiopia. Am. J. Appl. Chem. 2023, 11(4), 112-115. doi: 10.11648/j.ajac.20231104.13

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Taye Beyene, Desta Abi, Mekonen Woldatsadik. Determination of Pesticide Residues in Honey Samples from East Shewa and West Arsi Zones of Oromia, Ethiopia. Am J Appl Chem. 2023;11(4):112-115. doi: 10.11648/j.ajac.20231104.13

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