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Rapid Food Decomposition by H2O2–H2SO4 for Determination of Total Mercury by Flow Injection Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectrometry

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A mixture of 50% H2O2–H2SO4 (3 + 1, v/v) was used for decomposition of food in open vessels at 80°C. The treatment allowed rapid total mercury determination by flow injection cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry. Cabbage, potatoes, peanuts paste, hazelnuts paste, oats, tomatoes and their derivatives, oysters, shrimps, prawns, shellfish, marine algae, and many kinds of fish were analyzed by the proposed methodology with a limit of quantitation of 0.86 ± 0.08 μg/L mercury in the final solution. Reference materials tested also gave excellent recovery.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Instituto Adolfo Lutz, Divisão de Bromatologia e Química, Av. Dr. Arnaldo 355, CEP 01246-902, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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  • The Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL publishes refereed papers and reviews in the fields of chemical, biological and toxicological analytical chemistry for the purpose of showcasing the most precise, accurate and sensitive methods for analysis of foods, food additives, supplements and contaminants, cosmetics, drugs, toxins, hazardous substances, pesticides, feeds, fertilizers and the environment available at that point in time. The scope of the Journal includes unpublished original research describing new analytical methods, techniques and applications; improved approaches to sampling, both in the field and the laboratory; better methods of preparing samples for analysis; collaborative studies substantiating the performance of a given method; statistical techniques for evaluating data. The Journal will also publish other articles of general interest to its audience, e.g., technical communications; cautionary notes; comments on techniques, apparatus, and reagents.
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