Foods & Foodstuffs – Heavy Metals

Heavy Metals contamination has been an issue within the food & Foodstuffs industry due to unregulated food storage, transportation and manufacturing processes.

The toxic metals of interest are Cadmium, Lead, Mercury and Tin. Some these are phytotoxic (can be accumulated within plant life) and all of them have hazardous toxic responses.


The aim of EU legislation on heavy metals in foods is to ensure that the whole range of food and food products, including fresh produce, dried foods, meat (and its products), fish (and its products), edible oils, etc, enter into the food chain and do not represent any danger to human and environmental health

European Commission Directive (EC) No 1881/2006 sets maximum levels for Heavy Metals and is transposed into regional law within the EU.

Commission Regulation (EC) 333/2007 lays down the methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of the levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, and tin, food & foodstuffs


The analysis is carried out by highly sensitive ICP-MS methodology’s to ensure correct quantification is achieved.

Regulated Heavy Metals analysis – Cd, Pb, Hg, Sn

For more information on SAL’s Heavy Metals services, please contact your local laboratory or contact us online.

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