Soil, Food and Agroproduct Contamination Monitoring in Poland
W. Oleszek, H. Terelak*, B. Maliszewska-Kordybach, S. Kukuła
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Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation, ul. Czartoryskich 8, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2003;12(3):261–268
Monitoring of contaminants in different agricultural sectors has a long history in Poland. Regional Agrochemical Stations (OSCHR) and the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation (IUNG) in Pulawy have performed analyses of chemical contaminants in arable soils within two research programs on coun-trywide scale in the years 1991-2001. Food and agroproduct contamination has been researched in a number of research institutions and the data were inconclusive. There was no coordination of these efforts until 1991, when the Polish Ministry of Agriculture launched a program entitled “Monitoring of the Quality of Soils, Plants, Food and Agroprod-ucts”. For this purpose a set of 100 sampling points for the period 1995-1997 was selected. This number was increased to 300 sampling points for 1998-2000, but due to analytical and financial limitations each sampling point was monitored only once every three years. The data obtained under this program were published in Polish in the form of two reports (1997 and 2000) [1]. This paper presents and discusses the data obtained under the above-mentioned programs. It was not the intention of the authors to summarise all the published work done in Poland during the last decade concerning soil, food and agroproduct analyses, but rather based on cited programs to give a general view of the state of the art in Poland.