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Acta Agronómica

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REGO, Isabella Clarissa Vasconcelos et al. Organochlorine pesticides residues in commercial milk: a systematic review. Acta Agron. [online]. 2019, vol.68, n.2, pp.99-107. ISSN 0120-2812.

Milk is a very important food for human consumption, mainly due to its content of fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. However, the use of organochlorine pesticides (OCP) for decades has contaminated the soil, water and air, and thus has also contaminated the milk. In this sense, in the present work a review of scientific articles was carried out, between the years 2000 and 2018, related to the evaluation of the degree of contamination of different types of milk by OCPs in different regions of the world. As a result, it was observed that although OCPs have been banned for use in agriculture since the 1980s, these compounds or their metabolites have still been detected in many samples, and in some cases the levels were above the maximum allowed by the World Health Organization. In addition, most of the samples presented contamination, which makes them a great risk to human health due to their bioaccumulation.

Keywords : DDT metabolites; persistent organic pollutants; hexachlorobenzene; cyclodienes; chlorinated hydrocarbons.

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