Inorganic environmental contaminants

Details of research on inorganic environmental contaminants from food production.

Inorganic chemical contaminants are potentially harmful chemicals present in food adventitiously as a result of human activity or from natural sources. These include heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury, and other chemical elements such as arsenic and iodine.

The aim of the research programme is to understand the pathways by which inorganic contaminants enter food, the levels at which they occur, and the mechanisms by which they accumulate through the food chain.

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