Basic Pesticide Residue Test

Basic Pesticide Residue Test

The Safe Soil UK Basic Pesticide Residue test takes in insecticides in the Organochlorine class. It also includes a measure of organic matter in your soil because many of the established safe levels for these products are dependent on the level of OM in the soil.


The use of organochlorines as insecticides was banned in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s and in the EU and UK in 1984 because of their high toxicity and their ability to remain in the environment, making them persistent organic pollutants. They are prone to bioaccumulation, ie tend to build up in fatty tissues and remain in the bodies of mammals including humans for a long time. The best-known organochlorines are DDT, aldrin, and endrin, all of which were used in the 1940s as pesticides in agriculture.


Organochlorines play a part in multiple illnesses while symptoms of poisoning can include tremors, headache, dermal irritation, respiratory problems, dizziness, nausea and seizures. They are also linked with cancer, Parkinson’s disease and birth defects among other things. Many are also hormone disruptors with studies suggesting that even low levels of exposure in the womb can damage the reproductive and immune systems of the fetus.


Please note that due to the length of the list below, our reports focus on descriptions and safe for use levels of only the following, which make up much of the most commonly used in this class in the UK: Aldrin, Dieldrin, Alpha-HCH, Beta-HCH, Gamma-HCH (Lindane), Endosulphan A and Endosulphan B (Thiodan) though the full list of elements included in the Basic Pesticide Residue Test is as follows:


  • Organic Matter
  • 2,4'-DDD (O,P'-DDD)
  • 4,4'-DDD (P,P'-DDD)
  • 2,4'-DDE (O,P'-DDE)
  • 4,4'-DDE (P,P'-DDE)
  • 2,4'-DDT (O,P'-DDT)
  • 4,4'-DDT (P,P'-DDT)
  • 4,4'-TDE (P,P'-TDE)
  • 2,6-Dichlorobenzonitrile
  • 4,4'-Dichlorobenzophenone
  • Aldrin
  • Alpha-HCH
  • Benfluralin
  • Beta-HCH
  • Biphenyl
  • Chlorfenson
  • Chloroneb
  • Chlorothalonil
  • cis-Chlordane
  • cis-Nonachlor
  • Delta-HCH
  • Dichlofluanid
  • Dicloran
  • Dicofol
  • Dieldrin
  • Diphenylamine
  • Endosulphan A
  • Endosulphan B
  • Endosulphan ether
  • Endosulphan sulphate
  • Endrin
  • Endrin aldehyde
  • Endrin ketone
  • Ethalfluralin
  • Fenson
  • Gamma-HCH (Lindane)
  • HCB
  • Heptachlor
  • Heptachlor epoxide
  • Isodrin
  • Isopropalin
  • Methoxychlor
  • Methoxychlor olefin
  • Mirex
  • Nitralin
  • Nitrofen
  • Oxyfluorfen
  • Pendimethalin
  • Pentachloroaniline
  • Pentachloroanisole
  • Pentachlorobenzene
  • Pentachlorobenzonitrile
  • Pentachloronitrobenzene (Quintozene)
  • Pentachlorothioanisole
  • Prodiamine
  • Profluralin
  • Tetrachloronitrobenzene (Tecnazene)
  • Tetradifon
  • THPI (Tetrahydrophthalimide)
  • Tolyfluanid
  • trans-Chordane
  • trans-Nonachlor
  • Trifluralin
  • Shipping info:

    We will send you a testing kit that includes a labeled soil sample amber jar and instructions on how to take a sample from your growing space. When you're done, place the full jar back in the box that will have a pre-paid postage address label already affixed, seal it and pop the package into a Royal Mail post box or drop it off at a local post office.

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