Elemental Analysis FDA Documents

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The Elemental Analysis Manual (EAM) for Food and Related Products

ABOUT:

"The U. S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) responsibility for maintaining a safe food supply is met in part by monitoring for toxic and nutritional elements in food and related products. FDA collects and analyzes food and foodware from commercial channels of trade for determining regulatory compliance. Analytical data gathered under these monitoring activities are also used for evaluating the extent and significance of these analytes in the food supply. The Elemental Analysis Manual (EAM) for Food and Related Products provides a repository of the analytical methods used in FDA laboratories to examine food for toxic and nutrient elements for regulatory purposes. The manual also provides general guidance on related aspects of a laboratory analysis.

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FDA (html): Elemental Analysis Manual (EAM) for Food and Related Products


Elemental Analysis Pioneer Dr. Fritz Pregl

ORA Laboratory Manual

INTRODUCTION:

"Man and other animals are exposed daily to numerous elements, in varying forms and levels, through food (feed), water, and other FDA-regulated products. Major essential elements include C, H, O, N, S, Ca, P, K, Na, Cl, and Mg. C, H, O, N, and S make up the bulk of the elemental constituents of plants and animals, and are the major components of the organic substances in tissues... "...Nonessential and essential elements can be toxic. Nonessential elements where human toxicity has been reported includes Pb, Cd, Hg, As, Al, Ba, Li, Pt, Te, Ti, Sb, Be, Ga, In, V, Ni, Sr, Sn, Ge, Ag, Au, Bi, Tl, and U. The essential elements, F, Co, Fe, Mo, Cu, Mg, Se, Cr, Mn, and Zn, are of practical toxicological significance. Se is the most toxic essential mineral elements. Presently, Pb, Cd, Hg (as methylmercury), and As (inorganic forms) are of the greatest concern and have the greatest program emphasis.

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DOCUMENT NO.: IV-06, EFFECTIVE DATE: 10-01-03, REVISED: 02-14-13

FDA (pdf): ORA Laboratory Manual


Elemental Analysis Manual: Section 3.7 Typical Element Concentrations

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FDA (html): Elemental Analysis Manual: Section 3.7 Typical Element Concentrations


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