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Conference Proceedings
Author, Analytic
Hoo Fung, Leslie A.; Howe, Andrea A.; Lalor, Gerald C.; Rattray, Robin; Vutchkov, Mitko K
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Author Affiliation
International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences
Paper/Section Title
The elemental content of Jamaican foods
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Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Sixth Conference, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences edited by Daniel Coore and Robert J.Lancashire.
Date of Meeting
March 18-20, 2003
Place of Meeting
University of the West Indies, Mona. Kingston, Jamaica
Place of Publication
Kingston, Jamaica
Publisher Name
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
Date of Publication
2003
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70
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ISBN
976-41-0087-2
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Poster presentation
Abstract
Prompted by the discovery of unusually high levels of certain elements in Jamaican soils, ICENS has embarked on a program of measurement of the elemental content of local agricultural crops. 359 samples of locally grown food have been collected and are being analysed for a suite of essential and potentially harmful elements by a variety of analytical techniques including neutron activation analysis and atomic absorption spectrometry. Some of these elements, such as cadmium, have implications for human and animal health. In the new era of globalization, these elements are also the subject of regulations being applied to international trade. These studies will contribute to understanding of the movement of elements through the food chain, enable assessment of the economic impact and eventually facilitate risk assessments regarding the effect of the of the Jamaican diet on human health. In this presentation, the levels and distribution of elements including cadmium, lead, zinc, copper, potassium, manganese and phosphorus in food and soils will be presented and some of the potential interdisciplinary implications will be discussed.....
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