Special Issue "Pesticide Residues in Food: Rapid Detection and Risk Assessment"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Quality and Safety".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2023 | Viewed by 438

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Institute of Analytical Chemistry (FCFT), Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
Interests: gas chromatography–mass spectrometry; liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry; microextraction sample preparation; pesticide residues analysis; ultratrace analysis; food and environmental analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The establishment of simple, sensitive, and efficient tools for the detection of ultratrace levels of contaminants in food matrices is necessary to ensure the safety of consumers. New varieties of pesticides continue to flood the market, requiring lower and lower detection limits for pesticides and therefore more sensitive, accurate, and efficient detection technology to achieve improved detection sensitivity and diversification of detection methods, shorten the response time, and improve the degree of automation of the instrument and the field detection capabilities.

To improve detection efficiency, detect potential threats in the form of pesticide residues in a targeted manner, and clarify the health risk, new, faster, easy to handle, environmentally friendly, and cheap methods are continuously needed thanks to the growing demands for legislative requirements in the area of food safety. Extraction methods should be generic to allow the detection of pesticides with different physicochemical properties. Thus, in addition to targeted pesticides, the scope of this analysis can expand if high-resolution mass spectrometry is used, performing targeted, nontargeted, and unknown analyses, including the detection of metabolites or unexpected pesticides.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide insights into the progress and challenges in the development of analytical methods for pesticide residues in various food, plant, and nutraceutical samples. In addition to conventional targeted analysis and dissipation studies, suspect screening and unknown analysis are also welcome, applying high-resolution mass spectrometry or other suitable analytical techniques. Authors are kindly invited to contribute to this Special Issue, which I believe will have a significant impact in the field.

Dr. Svetlana Hrouzkova
Guest Editor

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  • pesticide residues analysis
  • gas or liquid chromatography with mass spectrometric detection
  • high resolution mass spectrometry
  • fast detection sensors
  • green sample preparation techniques
  • food analysis
  • plant materials
  • nutraceuticals
  • ultratrace analysis
  • risk assessment
  • non-target screening

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Dissipation Kinetics and Risk Assessment of Diniconazole, Dinotefuran, Metconazole, and Tebuconazole in Raphanus sativus L.
Foods 2023, 12(15), 2846; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods12152846 - 27 Jul 2023
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This study investigated the degradation characteristics and conducted a risk assessment of four pesticides (Diniconazole, Dinotefuran, Metconazole, and Tebuconazole) in the leaves and roots of radish. Radish was cultivated in two greenhouse fields, and samples were collected at 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, [...] Read more.
This study investigated the degradation characteristics and conducted a risk assessment of four pesticides (Diniconazole, Dinotefuran, Metconazole, and Tebuconazole) in the leaves and roots of radish. Radish was cultivated in two greenhouse fields, and samples were collected at 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10 days after pesticide application. Sample analysis was performed using LC-MS/MS, and the recovery rates ranged from 70.1% to 118.6%. The biological half-life of Diniconazole was found to be 6.2 days (leaf and root), Dinotefuran was 5.3 days (leaf) and 4.6 days (root), Metconazole was 9.3 days (leaf) and 3.2 days (root), and Tebuconazole was 8.0 days (leaf) and 5.1 days (root). After comparing the maximum residue limits (MRL) of each pesticide in Korea with the residues during the pre-harvest interval (PHI), Diniconazole showed a Hazard quotient (HQ) exceeding 1, indicating potential risks for true consumers. Furthermore, Tebuconazole showed an HQ of 0.3 or higher, indicating a significant level of risk. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pesticide Residues in Food: Rapid Detection and Risk Assessment)
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