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Determination of heavy metals contamination in thyme products by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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submitted on 2023-11-09, 10:38 and posted on 2023-11-09, 12:01 authored by Elias Akoury, Caline Baroud, Sally El Kantar, Hussein Hassan, Layal Karam

Thyme herbs constitute a major part of the Mediterranean diet and are gaining worldwide popularity. However, their chemical contamination with toxic metals may put consumers at a health risk. The objective of this study was to assess the incidence of Arsenic (As), Cadmium (Cd), Lead (Pb) and Mercury (Hg) in thyme-containing products. Composite samples were collected twice at six-month interval. Samples were digested by microwave digestion oven and analyzed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). 11%, 22%, and 86% of samples had unacceptable levels of As, Hg and Pb respectively according to the international standards set by Codex Alimentarius and all the samples had acceptable limits of Cd. This study highlighted the importance of monitoring and enforcing regulatory actions related to the contamination of the food chain with heavy metals.

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Published in: Toxicology Reports
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Publication Year

  • 2022

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  • Qatar University
  • Qatar University Health - QU
  • College of Health Sciences - QU HEALTH