Determination of organochlorine pesticide residues in honey from the central zone of Portugal & the Valencian community of Spain

The occurrence of organochlorine compounds in the food chain has already been reported in several studies. This class of organic compounds constitutes one of the most important groups of dangerous organic contaminants. The environmental contamination by persistent organochlorine pesticide OCPs) residues has been widely documented in several countries, such as Portugal and Spain in medicinal plants, water, milk, and biological fluids. In this study nine organochlorine pesticide residues in forty nine samples of honey collected from markets of Portugal and Spain during 2001 and 2002, respectively, were evaluated. For this evaluation, three analytical procedures were studied.