Title

Trace metal analysis of organic vegetables sold in some supermarkets in Manila, Philippines

College

College of Science

Department/Unit

Chemistry

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Carpathian Journal of Food Science and Technology

Volume

10

Issue

4

First Page

185

Last Page

193

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Abstract

Recent years have seen the rapid growth of the organic food products industry, primarily driven by the consumers' desire for a healthier lifestyle. Similar to worldwide trend, explicitly-labeled "organic" food products have become ubiquitous in the Philippines, with the consumers most of the time having no information on the quality of the products. In the Philippine setting, very few researches have focused on the analysis of organic vegetables, and in this study, the trace-metal (cadmium, copper, iron, nickel, and zinc) concentration of specific organic and conventional vegetables (cabbage, celery, leek, lettuce, and spinach) that are being sold in some shops in the cities of Makati and Manila, Philippines were determined using atomic absorption spectroscopy. The mean concentration for copper, iron, nickel and zinc in the samples were calculated to be between 0.0146-0.881 mg/kg, 0.648-13.1 mg/kg, 0.0409-2.04 mg/kg, and 0.266-2.87 mg/kg, respectively, while cadmium levels varied from 0.005- 0.772 mg/kg (with some samples below the limit of detection). Nevertheless, statistical analysis (p < 0.05) showed more organic vegetables having no significant differences than conventional ones indicating that in terms of the content of these trace metals, being organic may not necessarily mean better. © 2018 North University of Baia Mare.

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Disciplines

Chemistry

Keywords

Trace elements in agriculture; Vegetables—Analysis; Organic farming

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