Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 30, pp 30980–30987 | Cite as

Evaluation of organochlorine pesticide (OCP) residues in meat and edible organs, Iran

  • Kobra Naseri
  • Mohammadreza Miri
  • Mohamad Zeinali
  • Tayebeh ZeinaliEmail author
Research Article


Organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) are a more persistent and lipophilic group of insecticides. The present study aims to evaluate the residues of OCPs in meat, liver, and kidney of the cattle and sheep. A total of 54 samples were obtained from butcheries and local markets in Birjand, east of Iran. The residual contents of aldrin; dieldrin; dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane; and its metabolites (DDTs), endosulfan isomers, endrin, hexachlorocyclohexane isomers (HCHs), heptachlor, heptachlor epoxide, chlordans, methoxychlor, and hexachlorobenzene (HCB), were analyzed in all samples. OCP residues were extracted by using the QuEChERS technique and quantified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). All of the analyzed OCPs were lower than the detection limit. The findings showed that meat and edible organs marketed in this region enjoyed a good status in terms of the residues of OCP. Monitoring of pesticide residues in meat and edible organs is necessary from the public health point of view.


Organochlorine Meat Liver Kidney Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry 



Authors thanks research deputy of Birjand University of Medical Sciences for financial support of this study (Code: 4273). We also wish to thank Mr. Zanghaei for his technical assistance (extraction and performing the GC.MS)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Toxicology and Drug Abused Research Center, School of MedicineBirjand University of Medical SciencesBirjandIran
  2. 2.Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Department of Public Health, School of HealthBirjand University of Medical SciencesBirjandIran
  3. 3.English DepartmentFarhangian UniversityTehranIran
  4. 4.Social Determinants of Health Research Center, School of HealthBirjand University of Medical SciencesBirjandIran

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