Estimation of uncertainty of sampling for analysis of pesticide residues

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A computer model was used to take random samples from primary sample populations obtained from field trials to simulate the uncertainty of sampling for residue analysis of plant commodities and soil. The results indicate about 40%, 30% and 20% relative uncertainty when random samples of size 5, 10 and 25 are taken respectively, from a single lot. Therefore the sample size should be the same for establishing and enforcing legal limits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-442
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Health - Part B Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996


  • Sampling
  • pesticide residues
  • uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Pollution

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