Archives of Agriculture Research and Technology
[ ISSN : 2832-8639 ]

Pesticide Residues in Fruit and Vegetables available in the Local Market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Research Article
Volume 1 - Issue 2

Yunus Khatri*, Mohammed Alnasser and Khalid Alzeer

Published : June 08, 2020


This study evaluated the presence of pesticides in fruit and vegetables available in the local market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A total of 777 of samples were analysed, 283 fruits and 494 vegetables, using LC-MS/MS as the preferred method. Results showed that 10.5% of sampled exceeded the MRL requirements with acetamiprid, imidacloprid, carbendazim, and methomyl being predominant. In addition, some imported products contained pesticides that are banned. Despite the years of monitoring for pesticides, breaches of MRLs continue to be reported. Recommendation for more stringent approaches to the management of pesticide along the supply chain are suggested.