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Gas Chromatography with Pulsed Flame Photometric Detection Multiresidue Method for Organophosphate Pesticide and Metabolite Residues at the Parts-Per-Billion Level in Representative Commodities of Fruit and Vegetable Crop Groups

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A gas chromatographic method with a pulsed flame photometric detector (P–FPD) is presented for the analysis of 28 parent organophosphate (OP) pesticides and their OP metabolites. A total of 57 organophosphates were analyzed in 10 representative fruit and vegetable crop groups. The method is based on a judicious selection of known procedures from FDA sources such as the Pesticide Analytical Manual and Laboratory Information Bulletins, combined in a manner to recover the OPs and their metabolite(s) at the part-per-billion (ppb) level. The method uses an acetone extraction with either miniaturized Hydromatrix column partitioning or alternately a miniaturized methylene dichloride liquid–liquid partitioning, followed by solid-phase extraction (SPE) cleanup with graphitized carbon black (GCB) and PSA cartridges. Determination of residues is by programmed temperature capillary column gas chromatography fitted with a P–FPD set in the phosphorus mode. The method is designed so that a set of samples can be prepared in 1 working day for overnight instrumental analysis. The recovery data indicates that a daily column-cutting procedure used in combination with the SPE extract cleanup effectively reduces matrix enhancement at the ppb level for many organophosphates. The OPs most susceptible to elevated recoveries around or greater than 150%, based on peak area calculations, were trichlorfon, phosmet, and the metabolites of dimethoate, fenamiphos, fenthion, and phorate.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs, Biological and Economic Analysis Division, Analytical Chemistry Branch, 701 Mapes Rd, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-5350.

Publication date: 01 May 2001

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