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Pesticides in Fruit

​​​​The current study protocol has been designed to support routine analytical laboratories testing pesticide residues in agricultural commodities. The PT will be used to assess the various matrices represented in the AOAC food composition triangle (Figure 1) over the course of five years. For the 2017/2018 financial year PTs will focus on pesticides in fruit, a high carbohydrate, low protein and fat matrix. These are Class A commodities, primarily of plant origin. The matrices selected each represent one of the major subsections in this class: orange, a citrus; apple, a pome fruit; peaches a stone fruit and table grapes a representative of berries and other small fruit.

Specific attention has been paid to tailoring the scheme to current export limits as well as maximum residue levels for the South African market. The target pesticide and commodities were selected to match the growth season within South Africa. Pesticides selected for analysis in this PT represents various chemical classes associated with the specific commodity selected. Thereby accommodating the routine analysis performed by the majority of laboratories at the time the proficiency test material is circulated.

Scheme Dates

Pesticide in fruit PT scheme important dates


Sample Distribution

Results submitted by

Report issued by


30 July 2017

14 August 2017

31 August 2017


25 September 2017

23 October 2017

06 November 2017


20 November 2017

11 December 2017

08 January 2018


26 January 2018

19 March 2018

30 March 2018

Please note that the registration closing date is 30 June 2017

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  1. Through acceptance of the original quotation, the Applicant agrees to the quoted fee and the conditions stated herein.
  2. Payment is strictly 30 days from the date of invoice; or as mutually agreed in writing between the Applicant and the NMISA before the service commenced. NMISA retains the right to ask for a deposit for international services.
  3. NMISA cannot guarantee to complete the work within the estimated time but will consult the Applicant if it becomes apparent that the estimate will be exceeded.
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  6. The values assigned to materials by NMISA are correct at the time of issue. Subsequently the accuracy will depend on such factors as the care exercised in handling and use of the material, the storage and transport of the material as well as the frequency of its use.

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