Methyl Parathion Residue in Bovine Milk Collected from Different Tehsil of Singrauli District

Rajesh K. Patel1*, P. K. Singh1, Arunima Sharma2, Rajesh Pandey3, Babbulal Patel1 and Sandeep Mishra1

1*Department of Chemistry, SGS Govt. PG College, Sidhi, MP, INDIA. 2Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Govt. M H College of Home Science and Science for Women, Jabalpur, MP, INDIA. 3Department of Biochemistry, APS University, Rewa, MP, INDIA.


Bovine milk is an essential component in the diet of infants, children, and the elderly. The aim of the present study was to investigate the pesticide residues in bovine milk. Ninety samples of bovine milk were collected from 4 tehsil of Singrauli district, India during March 2018 to February 2019 on seasonal basis and analysed for the presence of pesticide methyl parathion residues. Methyl parathion residue was detected in 6.70 % samples and reported their maximum presence in winter season (0.79 – 0.94 ppm) followed by summer (0.67-0.74 ppm) and rainy season (0.47 ppm). All 6.70 % samples exceeded the maximum residue limit (MRL) of 0.05 ppm as recommended by FAO/WHO. Results suggest that environmental contamination with pesticides, lack of good management practices while using pesticides, animal feed and violation of withdrawal period for ectoparasiticides may result in the occurrence of pesticide residues in milk.

Keywords :Pesticide, Methyl parathion, Gas chromatography, Bovine milk.