Identification of Zinc Phosphide in a Falsely Labeled Rodenticide Bait

    Volume 43, Issue 3 (May 1998)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 May 1998

    Page Count: 3


    Azoury, M
    Deputy Head, Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, and Head, Toolmarks and Materials Laboratory, Division of Identification & Forensic Science, Israel Police National Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    Levin, N
    Deputy Head, Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, and Head, Toolmarks and Materials Laboratory, Division of Identification & Forensic Science, Israel Police National Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    (Received 9 April 1997; accepted 15 September 1997)

    Abstract

    “Kela” is a commercial rodenticide bait commonly used in Israel, made of wheat grains, which, according to its label, contains chlorophacinone. This product was involved in the death case of a man in which the victim's female companion was accused of assisting in this suicide and was subsequently convicted. Analysis of the wheat grains revealed zinc phosphide, whose use is restricted to authorized exterminators only, instead of chlorophacinone. Zinc phosphide was identified using microscopic examination, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD).


    Paper ID: JFS16203J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS16203J

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    Title Identification of Zinc Phosphide in a Falsely Labeled Rodenticide Bait
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
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