Field-Portable Pesticide Residue Analyzer
Modern agriculture depends on pesticides to curb infestations and increase crop yield and to produce the quantity and quality of food demanded by today's society. However, many pesticides kill insects by attack of the central nervous system, and use of excessive concentrations pose a threat to human health. The EPA Office of Pesticide Programs is charged with setting tolerance levels (generally from 0.01 to 10 part-per-million concentrations) for food and feed, while the FDA and USDA are charged with enforcing tolerances. In 2002 (most recent compiled data) 3.2% and 5.4% of the imported fruit and vegetables tested, respectively, exceeded USA tolerance levels (domestic values: 0.7% and 0.8%). The amount of contaminated fruit, more than 1 million tons, takes on added concern, since a significant portion of the fruit imports are used in baby food. Furthermore, no more than 1% of the food was tested. It is literally impossible for inspectors to analyze the huge volume of imported food, considering that current laboratory procedures take more than an hour per sample. The purpose of this program is to develop a simple-to-use, field-portable analyzer to inspect food and feed for pesticide residues accurately and rapidly. The proposed analyzer will allow inspectors to identify and quantify pesticide residue concentrations in minutes to ensure compliance and decrease the distribution of unsafe food.
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Real-Time Analyzers, Inc.
362 Industrial Park Road #8 Middletown, CT 06457
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