Inorganic elements in sugar samples consumed in several countries

Salles, Paula; Menezes, Maria; Jaćimović, Radojko; Campos, Tarcísio
May 2016
Journal of Radioanalytical & Nuclear Chemistry;May2016, Vol. 308 Issue 2, p485
Academic Journal
Sugar is considered safe food ingredient, however, it can present inorganic elements as impurities uptake during cultivation and production process. Therefore, this study aimed at identifies the presence of these elements in granulated and brown sugar samples available for consumption in public places in several countries. The neutron activation technique applying the methodology to analyse larger samples, 5 g-sample, established at CDTN/CNEN based on k-method was used to determine the elemental concentrations. Several essential and non-essential elements were determined in a large range of concentrations. The results are discussed comparing to maximum values foreseen in the international and Brazilian legislations.


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