Heavy metals and other elements
Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 defines the maximum levels of heavy metals in foodstuffs in the European Union.
These elements cannot be broken down, so they accumulate in the food chain. Heavy metals are found in plant and animal products. Some heavy metals are highly toxic for humans and animals.
Regular monitoring of sewage sludge, soils, compost and harvested products prevent heavy metals from entering the food chain.
- ICP-MS measurement for sensitive trace analysis of heavy metal residues
- Analysis possible in many matrices, for instance:
- farm manure and fermentation substrates
- compost, soil and sewage sludge
We regularly participate in inter-laboratory studies to maintain our high quality standards.
In the following, you will find some summarised information on important elements present in foods and fodder and what it means.
||Cereals, herbs, spices, food additives with aluminium content, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals
||Light metal; possible harmful effects are currently being investigated
||Rice and rice products
||Metalloid, inorganic arsenic compounds are highly toxic and carcinogenic
||Mussels, fungi, tobacco, drinking water and lead pipes
||Damage to the nervous system, the kidneys and the cardiovascular system
||Algae, seafood, offal, poppy, linseed, sesame, sunflower seeds, wild mushrooms
||Accumulation in the body, disturbance of the renal function
||Damage to the central nervous system
||Food and beverages in uncoated preserves and cans
||Inorganic tin: less toxic, irritation of the gastrointestinal tract