Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (ISSN : 0975-7384)

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Original Articles: 2010 Vol: 2 Issue: 4

Assessment of Lindane pesticide residue in Cocoa beans in the Twifo Praso district of Ghana


In this study samples of Cocoa Beans were analyzed for concentrations of lindane (organochlorine pesticide) residue. Samples were gathered from five communities within the Twifo Praso district in the Central Region. Quantitative determination of the lindane was performed by using the Gas Chromatography Thermal-Capture Detection (GC-TCD) at the Tema Oil Refiner (TOR). Samples from all five communities contained no detectable concentrations of lindane hence concentrations below the standard value (Acceptable Daily Intake of 0.001 mg/lg and the Maximum Residual Limit in cocoa beans which is 1.0 mg/kg) provided by Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).