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Spices as a source of lead exposure: a market-basket survey in Sri Lanka

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MP Senanayake ,

Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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R Perera,

Paediatric Unit, Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo, LK
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LAHG Liyanaarachchi,

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, LK
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MPK Dassanayake

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo
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Abstract

We performed a laboratory analysis of spices sold in Sri Lanka for lead content. Samples of curry powder, chilli powder and turmeric powder from seven provinces, collected using the market basket survey method, underwent atomic absorption spectrometry. Blanks and standards were utilised for instrument calibration and measurement accuracy. The results were validated in two different laboratories. All samples were found to have lead levels below the US Food and Drug Administration’s action level of 0.5 μg/g. Spices sold in Sri Lanka contain lead concentrations that are low and within the stipulated safety standards.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v58i4.6308

Ceylon Medical Journal 2013; 58: 168-169

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v58i4.6308
How to Cite: Senanayake, M., Perera, R., Liyanaarachchi, L. and Dassanayake, M., 2013. Spices as a source of lead exposure: a market-basket survey in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Medical Journal, 58(4), pp.168–169. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v58i4.6308
Published on 28 Dec 2013.
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