alexa Comparison of contaminant and residue levels in organic and conventional milk and meat products from northern Italy.


Journal of Clinical Toxicology

Author(s): Ghidini S, Zanardi E, Battaglia A, Varisco G, Ferretti E,

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Abstract Due to the growing interest in organic products, a comparison between the chemical safety of organic and conventional products was undertaken. Milk and meat were the products chosen for study. The parameters evaluated to assess chemical safety were organochlorine pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), lead, cadmium and mycotoxin contamination. Pesticides and PCBs residues in both organic and conventional milk and meat were lower than legal limits. Lead and cadmium residues were very low and did not differ between organic and conventional products. However, aflatoxin M1 contamination in some but not all samples of organic milk was significantly higher than those of conventional milk, although factors other than organic production might be implicated. This article was published in Food Addit Contam and referenced in Journal of Clinical Toxicology

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