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Wastewater-irrigated vegetables: market handling versus irrigation water quality.

Vegetables irrigated with untreated domestic wastewater were, at the time of harvest, analysed for the presence of the faecal indicator, Escherichia coli, and helminth eggs in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Vegetables from the same harvested batch were collected approximately 12 hours later from the local market. The results of the survey suggest that unhygienic post harvest handling was the major source of produce contamination. Interventions at the market, such as the provision of clean water to wash produce in, are better ways to protect public health and more cost effective than wastewater treatment. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2007;12(suppl 2):2-7.

Author: Jeroen H, Ensink J, Mahmood T Dalsgaard A

Published: 01/01/2007

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Tropical Medicine and International Health