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Maisons-Alfort, France

Millour S.,ANSES Unites CIME et AQR PC | Noel L.,ANSES Unites CIME et AQR PC | Kadar A.,ANSES Unites CIME et AQR PC | Chekri R.,ANSES Unites CIME et AQR PC | And 4 more authors.
Food Chemistry | Year: 2011

In 2006, the French Food Safety Agency (AFSSA) conducted the second French total diet study (TDS) to estimate dietary exposures of main minerals and trace elements from 1319 samples of foods habitually consumed by the French population. The foodstuffs were analysed by ICP-MS after microwave-assisted digestion. Contamination data for lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, antimony and aluminium were reported and compared with results from the previous French total diet study. The results are comparable with those from the rest of Europe. "Fish and fish products" and "sweeteners, honey and confectionery" were the food groups showing the highest cumulated contents in Pb, Hg, Cd, As, Al and Sb. However, observed levels remained low and were generally well below the maximum levels set by the current European regulation for lead, cadmium and mercury. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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