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APLAC T100-Determination of lead and cadmium in wheat flour

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Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science and Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme
Project timeline
Sample dispatch: In July 2015 / Results submission deadline: In September 2015
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Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is the most important crop worldwide, followed by coarse grains and rice. It is the basic food of eighty percent of the world population. Wheat crop covers the largest area in the world agricultural production. Wheat contains a number of elements as well as nutrients. The elements such as copper, zinc, iron, nickel and manganese are essential for our biological functions, but high concentrations of such elements are hazardous to our health. Wheat also may contain certain hazardous elements such as lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury. Agricultural products like wheat are prone to be contaminated with toxic elements from fertilizer, contaminated agricultural soil and water. Many countries set food safety regulations limiting the amount of toxic elements in agricultural products. With increasing international trade of food and agricultural products, traceable measurements of hazardous elements in agricultural products have become one of the essential requirements for ensuring food safety. Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) also set maximum levels of contaminants in food and feed to protect public health. In the case of lead or cadmium in wheat the maximum level is 0.2 mg/kg.

Reference values provided by KRISS for cadmium and lead in the test sample were used as the assigned values for evaluating measurement results of participants. The relevant Calibration and Measurement Capabilities (CMCs) of KRISS are registered in the Key Comparison Data Base (KCDB) of the Comité International des Poids et Mesures (CIPM, International Committee for Weights and Measures) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). 


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