Pesticide and Environmental Safety

Pesticide is a generic term that identifies a wide spectrum of synthetic compounds with biocide activity used worldwide to combat weeds, fungi and insects with the intention of increasing productivity in agriculture.

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As the result of massive global consumption, pesticides and their degradation products can contaminate surface and groundwater with potential risks for wildlife and human health connected with proven or suspect toxicity of many of these compounds. FDA Laboratories applies the same scientific, quality and compliance standards that are used for Human Health projects to perform its analytical support for the environmental and pesticide industry. This means that all the analyses performed by FDA, on behalf of our clients, comply with the ISO 17025 accreditation system. In addition, we apply high throughput work processes to provide the shortest turnaround times possible.

General Capabilities

  • Multi residue screening (on average 250 pesticides)
  • Active ingredient testing (comparison of the active ingredient of a formulation to that of a pure standard)
  • Verification of active compounds in premixes or final formulations
  • Regulatory compliance testing of pesticide applications
  • Environmental presence of pesticides in water, soil and biological matrices

Special Expertise

  • Extraction of pesticides from various matrices (biological, soil, water, formulations, plant materials)
  • Multi residue analyses
  • Method development & validation for other compounds not on the list

Equipment and Processes

  • HPLC
  • GC-TOF (MS)
Examples of Groups of Pesticide that are covered by the laboratory
Group of 21 Organo Chlorine Compounds Carbamates and Metabolites
Various Organophosphate Compounds and Metabolites Phenoxy Acids
Imidazolinones Uracils/Ureas
Group of Pyrethroids and Metabolites Triazines
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB’s) Phenyl Pyrroles