Cadmium and lead in vegetable and fruit produce selected from specific regional areas of the UK

Gareth J Norton, Claire M Deacon, Adrien Mestrot, Jorg Feldmann, Paul Jenkins, Christina Baskaran, Andrew A. Meharg

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Abstract

Cadmium and lead were determined in fruit and vegetable produce (~ 1300 samples) collected from a field and market basket study of locally grown produce from the South-West of Britain (Devon and Cornwall). These were compared with similarly locally grown produce from the North-East of Britain (Aberdeenshire). The concentrations of cadmium and lead in the market basket produce were compared to the maximum levels (ML) set by the European Union (EU). For cadmium 0.2% of the samples exceeded the ML, and 0.6% of the samples exceeded the ML for lead. The location of cadmium and lead in potatoes was performed using laser ablation ICP-MS. All tested samples exhibited higher lead concentrations, and most exhibited increased concentrations of cadmium in the potato skin compared to the flesh. The concentrations of cadmium and lead found in fruits and vegetables sampled during this study do not increase concern about risk to human health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-527
Number of pages8
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume533
Early online date16 Jul 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • cadmium
  • lead
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • maximum levels

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