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Arsenic speciation in fruit and vegetables grown in the UK
Project Code: FS241003;
1. Norton, G., Deacon, C., Mestrot, A., Feldmann, J., Jenkins, P., Baskaran, C. & Meharg, A.A. (2013) Arsenic speciation and localization in horticultural produce grown in a historically impacted mining region, Environmental Science and Technology, 6164–6172, doi: 10.1021/es400720r
University of Aberdeen
During growth, fruit and vegetables take up metal contaminants from the surrounding soil area. The metal contaminants may include; arsenic, cadmium, lead, copper and zinc.
The aim of this project was firstly to establish the levels of total and inorganic arsenic in UK grown fruits and vegetables. Secondly, the levels of cadmium, lead, copper and zinc were investigated and finally the gradation or distribution of all these metals in selected fruits and vegetables, was measured from ‘skin to core’ using a relatively new laser ablation technique.
The project set out to:
- Establish the levels of total and inorganic arsenic in UK grown fruits and vegetables
- Investigate the levels of cadmium, lead, copper and zinc in UK grown fruits and vegetables
- Measure the gradation or distribution of all these metals in selected fruits and vegetables, from ‘skin to core’ using laser ablation mass spectrometry.
The results from this research study have been sent to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for collation with data from other Member States
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