Industrial prune processing and its effect on pesticide residue concentrations

Claudio Alister, Manuel Araya, Kevin Becerra, Christian Volosky, Jorge Saavedra, Marcelo Kogan

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The aim of this study was to determine the insecticide residue processing factor (PF) from plums to prunes and the effect of the industrial processing of prunes residue concentrations. Our results show an increase of insecticide concentrations during plum dehydration that is explained by fruit water loss; however, the normalized insecticide residue concentration, based on plum dry weights to compensate dehydration, was reduced. The water washing and tenderizing of prunes produced insecticide residue reductions of 22.9 ± 4.5% and 21.9 ± 4.2%, respectively. PF were: 1.157, 1.872, 1.316, 0.192, 2.198, 0.775 and 0.156 for buprofezin, L-cyhalothrin, spirodiclofen, indoxacarb, acetamiprid, imidacloprid and emamectin benzoate, respectively, being directly related to water solubility, aqueous hydrolysis and degradation point and inversely related to molecular mass and melting point. In plums for the dehydrated agroindustry the final product is prunes, therefore, it is crucial to consider the PF to determine the specific preharvest interval for this important agroindustry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-270
Number of pages7
JournalFood Chemistry
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Food safety
  • Insecticides
  • Plums
  • Processing factor


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