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  • 1
    ISSN: 1618-2650
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology
    Notes: Abstract As part of the analytical assurance system of the FAO European Cooperative Research Network on Trace Elements programme an ARC/CL-coded carrot flakes powder (CFP) candidate reference material (RM) has been prepared from a lot of commercial carrot flakes. The candidate RM has been homogenized using a Robot Coupe blender fitted with titanium blades, carefully homogenized in large teflon/polypropylene containers, bottled in 1000 numbered polyethylene containers (20 g samples) and tested for homogeneity. Interlaboratory comparison studies for 9 essential elements, cadmium and total dietary fiber (TDF) based on the AOAC-method resulted in the characterization of the contents of those compounds in the above material. After exclusion of outliers, mean values from at least nine different laboratories based altogether on three independent analytical principles have been used to calculate the recommended concentration ranges for mineral elements. Testing of homogeneity and stability for β-carotene over a period of one year has been additionally carried out. The mean water content in the material amounted to 4.97% and remained stable over a one-year period. Homogeneity of the RM was within 3.0% for almost all included mineral elements as tested for a sample size of 0.5 g. The 95% confidence limits for the mean values of the established recommended concentrations of mineral elements in the present ARC/CL Carrot Powder candidate RM fell within 5% for all the other elements and TDF except for Fe (6.3%) and B (5.7%). The stability of β-carotene in the present candidate RM stored in darkness over a one-year period at room temperature was within 6.3%.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1618-2650
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology
    Notes: Summary Wheat flour, pork meat and skim milk powder reference materials (RM) prepared and employed for the activities of the Sub-network on Trace Element Status in Food of the FAO European Cooperative Research Network on Trace Elements were subjected to an interlaboratory comparison study on the contents of Pb, Cd and Hg. The homogeneity of the above materials had earlier been shown to be within 2% for several essential elements and within 5 to 10% for Pb and Cd. An interlaboratory comparison study was conducted involving 17 reference laboratories recognized for their reliability and specialized in heavy metal determinations in biological materials. A total of seven methods based on four different analytical principles were employed to determine the contents of the above heavy metals. After the exclusion of outliers, the recommended concentration values expressed as the medians ±95% confidence limits were established. All of the recommended values reported here fell into category A, i.e. values recommended with a high degree of confidence according to the certification criteria established by Pszonicki. The present materials contain very low naturally occurring levels of all the heavy metals studied and have been successfully employed in the analytical quality control program of the above FAO study during the past five years.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1618-2650
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology
    Notes: Summary A total diet reference material (RM) was prepared by employing material leftover from a nationwide Finnish hospital diet study. The material was carefully homogenized using Ti-blades, freeze-dried, rehomogenized with Ti-blades, passed through a 2 mm nylon sieve and carefully mixed in large glass cylinders. Homogeneity of the material divided into 20 g samples in polyethylene bottles was tested by taking ten 0.5 g samples from the beginning and end of the bottling line and analyzing them for Zn and Mg. The homogeneity was within 1.0% for both Zn and Mg. An interlaboratory comparison study involving reliable reference laboratories that employed a total of seven methods based on independent analytical principles was conducted on the contents of 14 mineral elements. After the exclusion of outliers the recommended concentrations (on a dry weight basis) expressed as the medians±95% confidence limits were established as follows: Ca=2.86±0.124 mg/g, Mg=785±25 μg/g, K=9.42±0.30 mg/g, Na=7.87±0.57 mg/g, Fe=30.4±0.9 μg/g, Mn=12.9±0.58 μg/g, Zn=28.9±1.3 μg/g, Cu=3.18±0.19 μg/g, Mo=262±35 ng/g, Ni=271±38 ng/g, Se=181±17 ng/g, Pb=43±8 ng/g, Cd=21±3 ng/g and Hg=6.6±3.6 ng/g. All of the above recommended concentration ranges, except that for Ni, fell into category A, i.e. values recommended with a high degree of confidence according to the certification criteria established by Pszonicki.
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  • 4
    ISSN: 1618-2650
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology
    Notes: Summary A potato reference material (RM) was prepared for the analytical quality control program to be employed by the Sub-network on Trace Elements in Food of the FAO European Co-operative Network on Trace Elements. Approximately 50 kg of commercially available potato granules prepared from baked, mashed and roller-dried potatoes, containing 2.8% ash and 3 mg/kg added butylhydroxyanisole was purchased. The granules were carefully homogenised in large glass cylinders followed by division into 50 g portions into numbered acid-washed bottles. The bottled material was tested for homogeneity by taking ten bottles throughout the bottling line and determining by validated atomic absorption spectrometric methods 1.0 g samples for seven mineral elements. Homogeneity for Mg, Ca, Zn, Fe, Mo, Ni and Cd was better than 5%. An international network on experienced, high-quality reference laboratories was established to conduct an interlaboratory comparison study on the determination of 14 mineral elements in the RM. A total of seven methods based on independent analytical principles were employed by the reference laboratories. After excluding outlying analytical results, the criteria defined by the IAEA were used for classification of the overall medians obtained through the interlaboratory comparison study. The relative standard deviations for the 95% confidence limits of the medians were as follows: P=4.2%, K=0.7%, Na=4.7%, Ca=5.5%, Mg=2.4%, Fe=9.3%, Mn=4.0%, Zn=3.6%, Cu=4.7%, Mo=23%, Ni=22%, Cr=19%, Pb=11% and Cd=4.6%. With the exception of Cr, all of the recommended concentration values obtained for the above indicated elements fell into category A, i.e. values recommended with a high degree of confidence according to the classification criteria of the IAEA. The present RM is the only certified potato RM currently available for mineral elements.
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